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November 23, 2021

What We’re Reading | Prairie ranchers brace for potential strike at Cargill plant in Alberta as deadline looms

By Tony Seskus · CBC News

n the last two years, Prairie ranchers have been dealing with drought, soaring feed costs and pandemic disruptions that led to massive cattle backlogs. 

Now they are watching — and hoping — for progress on labour negotiations at the Cargill meat-packing plant in High River, Alta. The union representing workers at the plant issued a strike notice to the company earlier this month.

Staff could hit the picket line Dec. 6. 

“We are extremely, extremely concerned about that,” Melanie Wowk, a rancher and chair at Alberta Beef Producers, said in an interview this week.

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‘What We’re Reading’ is a quick look at some of the issues and insights Alberta Beef Producers’ content creators and editors are reading to stay up-to-date, to broaden perspectives, and to explore issues relevant to the agriculture industry.

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