US - The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1000 and OK Foods have agreed to an election date for fifty-five maintenance and refrigeration workers to vote on forming a union.
The election, administered by the National Labor Relations Board, will take place on 1 May.
UFCW Local 1000 President Ricky Burris said: “These workers deserve better from OK Foods. Their wages and benefits are sub-standard and they are joining together to get a fair deal from OK Foods. I’m proud UFCW is standing with these workers.”
Gregory Pinto, OK Foods maintenance worker and UFCW organising committee member, said: “We hope to gain job security, respect, and the opportunity to make more money. This union vote is long overdue.”
UFCW Local 1000 has been organising with this group of workers since December 2013. The workers approached UFCW with complaints of low wages, expensive healthcare benefits, and unfair and unequal treatment at OK Foods chicken processing plant in Heavener.
OK Foods is a subsidiary of Mexican-based poultry consortium Industrias Bachoco.
UFCW Local 1000 represents almost 10,000 workers across Oklahoma and North Texas including people who work at grocery stores, food production facilities, barber shops, and other commercial enterprises.
UFCW Local 1000 is an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 250,000 poultry production workers across the United States and Canada.
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