Workers at Hanover Foods Unanimously Ratify New Union Contract – 3/15/2023

The 2023 Hanover Foods negotiating committee.


On Wednesday, March 15, over fifty members at Hanover Foods in Clayton, Delaware unanimously ratified a new union contract!

Members at the Hanover Foods ratification meeting on 3/15/2023.

Members at the Hanover Foods ratification meeting on 3/15/2023.

The three-year agreement improves the lives of our members in many ways. Firstly, all members will receive a minimum 5% wage increase retroactive to January 2023, in addition to above-average wage increases annually for the life of the contract. Members at Hanover Foods who work a higher classification job for more than one hour in any shift will now receive the higher rate for the entire day! Furthermore, members who work on a holiday will now be paid double time.

The new contract allows members to voluntarily donate money to the Bryan D. Ross Foundation directly from their pay. The Bryan D. Ross Foundation is UFCW Local 152’s charity organization which directly assists members of our own union family suffering from financial hardship due to catastrophic illness or injuries.

Finally, seasonal employees will now have the opportunity to receive medical benefits if they choose, and funeral leave was expanded.

Members at the Hanover Foods ratification meeting on 3/15/2023.Congratulations to our members and the Negotiating Committee for this monumental win! The committee included Assistant Director of Collective Bargaining Lisa Sanders, Union Representative Greg Torian, Shop Stewards David Johnson, Robin May, Samuel Ingram, and Johnny McCray.

UFCW Local 152 proudly represents over fifty workers at Hanover Foods in Clayton, Delaware. Since 1924, Hanover Foods has been an active leader in the growing, processing, packaging, marketing, and distribution of a variety of vegetable products. Our members at the Clayton plant work primarily in production, maintenance, and shipping.