FINALLY !!!- JUSTICE AT SMITHFIELD:
After years of struggle workers at the Tar Heel Plant in North Carolina have finally won union recognition. This struggle has been mentioned before here at Molly's Blog. Here's the story from Jobs With Justice.
Victory at Smithfield!:
WORKERS AT THE WORLD'S LARGEST MEATPACKING PLANT VOTE YES TO UNION REPRESENTATION
Tar Heel, N.C. - This week workers at Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel, North Carolina, chose union representation with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). Workers voted 2041 to 1879 for a voice on the job.
"When workers have a fair process, they choose a voice on the job," said UFCW Director of Organizing Pat O'Neill.
"This is a great victory for the Tar Heel workers. I know they are looking forward to sitting down at the bargaining table with Smithfield to negotiate a contract. The UFCW has constructive union contracts with Smithfield plants around the country. Those union contracts benefit workers, the company and the community. We believe the workers here in Tar Heel can achieve a similar agreement."
Ronnie Ann Simmons, a worker of 13 years at the plant said, "We are thrilled. This moment has been a long time coming. We stuck together, and now we have a say on the job."
Jobs with Justice would like to congratulate the workers and their union for their courage and inspirational example. We would also like to thank the many faith, community, student, labor and political leaders who stood by the workers at Smithfield through their long struggle.
Smithfield workers have shown the way for workers everywhere as we fight together for an economic recovery that benefits everyone. It shows the importance of passing the Employee Free Choice Act so that all workers can have good jobs with decent wages, respect on the job and a future for their families.
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