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Guam Foremost workers back to work

HAGÅTÑA — For about two dozen Foremost Foods Inc./Coca Cola Guam employees, it’s back to business and negotiations for fair salaries and benefits are back on the table.

On Tuesday, Foremost Foods Inc. management said the 25 strikers who demonstrated along Route 16 on April 2 returned to work.

“All workers have returned to work and the union has begun cooperating in the negotiation process. We hope to resolve the matter soon.”

Management was unavailable for further questions as to when the workers continued and under what conditions. The employees who went on strike were part of the Teamsters 986 union and a representative was also unavailable for comment.

On April 2, about 25 Foremost union employees working as truck drivers, mechanics and warehouse workers picketed for hours along Route 16. They held signs that read, “Fair wages and benefits” and “On strike against Foremost Foods/Coca Cola.”

According to John Pereda, union chief steward for Teamsters Local 986 and 15-year employee with Foremost, every three years union workers negotiate their contract with management and for the last three negotiations, management has continued to cut employees’ pay.

During the strike, Pereda said the union workers hadn’t gotten a raise in years and during this year’s negotiations, management proposed to cut employee wages and benefits again.

Marcos Fong, CEO for Foremost Foods and Coca Cola Guam, said in a previous interview that the company was always committed to paying the prevailing wage for the position and the skills required of the position, including a competitive benefits package.