Union workers at a Fort Madison food production plant remain on the job after rejecting a contract proposal that would have changed their pensions and increased health care costs.
The 431 union workers at the Pinnacle Foods plant make chili, Armour brand meat and other products. They're represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 617.
The Daily Gate City in Keokuk reports Tuesday about two thirds of the members voted against ratifying the contract proposal on Sunday.
The union's local president, Darin Boatman says the union plans to keep negotiating with the company. He says a strike would be a last resort.
Workers voted to authorize a strike on Jan. 6.