Thousands of cans wait to be filled with processed tomatoes the morning of Aug. 6, 2020. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister signs five-year lease with San Benito Foods

Tomato cannery will be responsible for operating and maintaining the city’s industrial wastewater treatment ponds.

San Benito Foods will be responsible for securing its own wastewater permit. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council removes city from responsibility for tomato cannery wastewater

Members terminate industrial water discharge permit granted by regional water board.

Thousands of cans wait to be filled with processed tomatoes the morning of Aug. 6, 2020. Photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: About Neil Jones Food Company

Natasha Wist writes about the tomato cannery in Hollister.

Thousands of cans wait to be filled with processed tomatoes the morning of Aug. 6, 2020. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Meeting between Hollister and San Benito Foods expected on Aug. 10

Interim City Manager Brett Miller said if there is an agreement, it would go to the City Council on Aug. 17.

A temporary order signed June 22 allowed the San Benito Foods tomato cannery in Hollister to begin operations for the 2020 season, but now the facility must shut down by Aug. 8 unless it pays the city $2.5 million. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

San Benito Foods to close Aug. 8 if it does not pay $2.5 million operations fee

Attorney argues the cannery’s closure would cause ‘irreparable harm to the community’ by eliminating 450 local jobs.

The city of Hollister says the San Benito Foods tomato cannery needs to install equipment to bring down levels of contaminants from its well and pay $2.5 million to remove sludge from holding pond. Photo by John Chadwell.

Justice

San Benito Foods sues Hollister over permit, claims extortion

Hearings delayed twice as Judge Steven Sanders steps aside over conflict; Judge Omar Rodriguez takes over the case Aug. 5.

Teamsters Local Union No. 890 representative Jorge Valenzuela addresses the crowd in front of Hollister City Hall. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito Foods employees protest in front of Hollister City Hall

Company is negotiating with the city on water fees related to tomato cannery waste.

Photos courtesy of Betty Cervantes.

Business / Economy

San Benito Foods shuts down operations following roof collapse

Employees evacuated an hour before the incident.

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Agriculture

Cannery workers reach contract agreement, end strike

After eight-day walkout, union gets the $1-per-hour raise it sought, plus increases over the next two years

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Business / Economy

UPDATED: San Benito Foods union rejects weekend contract offer, vows to continue strike Monday

Union cautioned to wait until after upcoming meeting, but members decide to walk out

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Agriculture

Union rejects contract with San Benito Foods, strike still possible

After Teamsters' vote rejecting contract offer, union rep says issue has reached "critical juncture"

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Business / Economy

Teamsters union threatens strike by weekend at San Benito Foods if demands not met

Nearly 500 San Benito Foods workers protest for higher wages and benefits for seasonal employees at the Hollister cannery

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Agriculture

Power outage brings return of sewage smell

Fire forces aerators to shut down; mayor concerned about return of foul aroma

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Agriculture

San Benito Food Workers Express Frustrations About Contract Negotiations With Demonstration

San Benito Foods workers picket in Hollister