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Members of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-UFCW (RWDSU-UFCW) Local 374 who work at the Post Cereal plant in Battle Creek, Michigan, ratified a new contract. The three-year contract includes an immediate $1.50 per hour raise for maintenance employees, who will receive an additional 6% increase over the life of the agreement. Employees in other departments will see an 8.75% increase. The workers also achieved a three-year reduction in the time it takes new employees to achieve the full wage rate. Starting wages were also increased by $2.37. Other benefits include improvements to eligibility for additional vacation time; limits on mandatory overtime; a reduction in employee insurance premiums; the elimination of the company’s ability to increase insurance out of pocket premiums; an increase in disability benefits; and the elimination of the previous five-year waiting period for eligibility for disability benefits.