Overwhelming Defeat

The UFCW suffered an overwhelming defeat at a meat processing plant in Washington State. Employees voted 686 to 129 to get rid of the union.

Workers at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant at Wallula ejected the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1439 after a vote counted this week.

In a lopsided decision, 686 production and maintenance workers voted to decertify the union and 129 wanted to retain it, the National Labor Relations Board said. The NLRB counted votes this week after conducting the election Nov. 18.

There is a seven-day waiting period to object before results are certified, a NLRB spokeswoman said. After that happens, plant employees will negotiate their own employment terms. If the union contract featured mandatory dues, employees will no longer pay those.

Calls to the Spokane-based union and its legal counsel were not returned Friday…

The decertification vote comes only six years after Wallula workers embraced the union.

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