Workers at Smithfield's Largest Plant Vote to Unionize

December 11, 2008 06:00 PM

Pro Farmer Editors

Workers at Smithfield Food's largest plant have voted to unionize, bringing to close a battle which has been running for years.

Workers at the Tar Heel, North Carolina, facility voted in favor of unionizing, with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union saying the secret ballot saw 52% of workers vote in favor -- 2,041 to 1,879. Employees at eight of Smithfield's 13 plants currently have union representation. 

"From the beginning, our goal was to give employees the opportunity to vote on this issue in a fair, secret-ballot election. This has now been accomplished, and we will abide by the results of the election. We respect the decision and look forward to working with the union to negotiate a fair labor contract for our employees," said Tim Schellpeper, President of Smithfield Packing Company

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