Negotiations fail to resume after union accuses Ingredion of show of intimidation, disrespect

Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 12:09 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Negotiations did not resume at Hotel Kirkwood between union workers and Ingredion as expected on Tuesday after the workers say Ingredion arrived escorted by six-armed security guards.

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 100G President Mike Moore described it as a show of intimidation, a sign of disrespect and a lack of intent to bargain in good faith.

Disputes over wages, benefits and workers’ rights are stopping the union and company from reaching a deal as the strike approaches the two-month mark.

“This is day 51 of the strike, while emotions have been high, this has been a peaceful strike with zero arrests or citations,” Moore said in a statement.

Ingredion said in a written statement, “Unfortunately, throughout this process, Ingredion employees have received repeated threats of violence – in fact, approximately 100 have been received since August 1.”

Moore went on to say, “The Union has submitted a letter to Ingredion reiterating our willingness to resume bargaining in good faith at a neutral venue at any time. We are awaiting response.”

In their written statement, Ingredion says, “The safety and security of our employees is our top priority, and in light of these circumstances, security has been present throughout negotiations. Today’s venue is one where the parties have met in the past, and we approached this meeting with the hope that progress could be made.”

This is the first company protest since 2004.

Ingredion said it has made numerous proposals, but union workers have shared concerns over whether the pay increases were enough, along with concerns about potential 12-hour shifts, forced overtime and diminished healthcare offerings.

Ingredion says they would like to resume negotiations as soon as possible and have proposed alternate meeting locations.