ATLANTA- After eight months of negotiations, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced on April 14 the approval of a new contract for poultry workers at a Tyson poultry processing plant in Camilla, Georgia.

“The people of Georgia are fighters, and especially the workers at Equity / Tyson in Camilla, are a strong force for real industry change – and I could not be prouder to work with them to secure this contract,” said Edgar Fields, president of the Southeast Council of the RWDSU.

A RWDSU statement said 97 percent of the members voted to ratify the latest contract. The new three-year deal will reduce health care costs to union members, general wage increases, more flexibility of personal days and clarity on job promotions, seniority, bidding layoffs and recall rights.

“We’re pleased with the new three-year agreement and believe it offers our team members a very competitive package that will continue to ensure a stable workforce in Camilla,” Tyson Foods said in a statement.

According to,  the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union represents workers at Pilgrim’s Pride, Wayne Farms and Tyson Foods locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi.