Thursday, December 11, 2008

Breaking! Smithfield Workers in North Carolina Vote for Union

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Workers at huge Smithfield NC pork plant vote in favor of union


Workers at the world's largest hog processing plant in rural North Carolina voted Thursday to bring in a union to represent them at one of the state's largest industrial sites.

About 4,600 of Smithfield Packing Co.'s 5,000 employees in the tiny town of Tar Heel were eligible to vote over two days of balloting overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.

The tally was 2,041-1,879 in favor of the United Food and Commercial Workers. The UFCW has tried since the plant opened 16 years ago to win the right to represent the Tar Heel workers.

The election comes as part of a settlement in a racketeering lawsuit the company filed against the union last year.

The plant processes up to 32,000 live hogs a day into plate-ready pork.

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