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OK Foods Taken to Labour Board over Dismissals

14 May 2015

US - United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000 in the US is formally filing Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labour Relations Board against poultry processor OK Foods.

The union alleges that two UFCW organising committee members were illegally fired last week by OK Foods in Heavener, Oklahoma.

Local 1000 President Ricky Burris said: “Joshua Deases and Jason Muller were fired illegally last week.

“These two have been leaders in the organising campaign at OK Foods to help maintenance workers get a voice at work.

“Both of them testified on behalf of the union in front of an NLRB Hearing Officer last year and served as official observers in the 1 May 2014 election.

“The NLRB set the 1 May election aside because of repeated violations of the National Labor Relations Act and now OK Foods is again violating the Act by firing these workers. I strongly condemn these terminations.”

Maintenance worker Jason Muller said: “I'm not discouraged. The more they harass pro-union workers, the harder we will fight. OK Foods won’t intimidate us. OK Foods is persecuting Josh Deases and myself because of our union activities. This company, and specifically the CEO Trent Goins, should be ashamed.”

UFCW Local 1000 represents 11,000 workers across Oklahoma and North Texas including people who work at grocery stores and food production facilities. 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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