Deal reached for General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Union leaders say they've reached a tentative contract agreement for more than 500 workers at General Mills' processing plant in Cedar Rapids.

Local 110 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union said Friday that the contract could be ratified as soon as Thursday. Details on the agreement have not been publicly released.

Officials say 99% of the workers who voted Wednesday said no to a previous company offer.

The two sides have been negotiating since January, when workers voted for the union representation.

The union also announced Friday that nearly 700 workers at the Quaker Oats processing plant in Cedar Rapids have ratified a new contract. It calls for hourly wage increases totaling 10 percent through four years.

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