Lipton tea workers vote in favor of union contract

Workers at the nation's only Lipton Tea Plant are rejoicing tonight. After a year of negotiations, the union finalized its first contract for 240 employees.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Lipton tea workers in Suffolk voted in favor of their first union contract on Monday.

The contract covers 240 workers, and includes significant improvements to working conditions and healthcare benefits. The union deal is expected to result in many workers saving more than $4,000 a year on healthcare costs.

The ratification represents the first time in the history of the plant when workers were given the opportunity to vote on the terms and conditions of their employment.

Open since 1955, the factory produces all of the Lipton Tea bags sold in North America. Parent company, Unilever, is based in London and the Netherlands. 

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