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Labour Board Orders OK Foods to Set Union Election Aside

25 June 2014

US - The National Labor Relations Board has ordered OK Foods to set aside the 1 May union election and schedule a re-run election for maintenance and refrigeration workers to vote on forming a union.

The Board found that OK Foods management and its union-buster repeatedly violated the National Labor Relations Act and cheated workers out of a free and fair election.

The date for new election will be set soon.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1000 has endorsed the board’s finding that OK Foods managers and supervisors committed multiple unfair labour practices.

“We want these workers to get a fair chance to have their voices heard. OK Foods has to rely on lies, threats, and coercion to scare these workers away from forming a union. In reality, forming a union will help protect them from a company that obviously has no respect for them whatsoever. I’m excited that these workers are being given a chance to vote again, “said UFCW Local 1000 President Ricky Burris.

UFCW Local 1000 has been organising with OK Foods 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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