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December 12, 2008

Workers at the World’s Largest Meatpacking Plant Choose Union Representation

Tar Heel, N.C. – Workers at Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel, North Carolina, chose union representation with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). Workers voted 2041 to 1879 for a voice on the job.

“When workers have a fair process, they choose a voice on the job,” said UFCW Director of Organizing Pat O’Neill. “This is a great victory for the Tar Heel workers. I know they are looking forward to sitting down at the bargaining table with Smithfield to negotiate a contract. The UFCW has constructive union contracts with Smithfield plants around the country. Those union contracts benefit workers, the company and the community. We believe the workers here in Tar Heel can achieve a similar agreement.”

Ronnie Ann Simmons, a veteran of 13 years at the plant said, “We are thrilled. This moment has been a long time coming. We stuck together, and now we have a say on the job.”

Workers at 26 Smithfield-owned facilities around the country already have UFCW representation.

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream.

December 11, 2008

WORKERS AT THE WORLD

Tar Heel, N.C. – Workers at Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel, North Carolina, chose union representation with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).  Workers voted 2041 to 1879 for a voice on the job.

“When workers have a fair process, they choose a voice on the job,” said UFCW Director of Organizing Pat O’Neill. “This is a great victory for the Tar Heel workers. I know they are looking forward to sitting down at the bargaining table with Smithfield to negotiate a contract. The UFCW has constructive union contracts with Smithfield plants around the country. Those union contracts benefit workers, the company and the community. We believe the workers here in Tar Heel can achieve a similar agreement.”

Ronnie Ann Simmons, a veteran of 13 years at the plant said, “We are thrilled. This moment has been a long time coming. We stuck together, and now we have a say on the job.”

Workers at 26 Smithfield-owned facilities around the country already have UFCW representation.

December 1, 2008

>Unions Recognize World Aids Day

>The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic affects all of us. In the U.S., workers living with the disease have protections on the job. Here are 2 articles on what unions are doing around the world to ensure the spread slows to a stop and worker’s human rights are protected.

UNI – Africa Removing denial and the stigama still attached to those infected with HIV/AIDS are both important parts of the trade union action plan to tackle the disease in Africa. Read more about how unions are supporting members with this disease.

BWI- Asian Pacific Region
HIV/AIDS, a global pandemic has thrown new challenges to the trade unions around the world. Today on the World AIDS day – we remember all the brothers and sisters who have lost their lives and also, those who are afflicted with the deadly virus and are coping with the consequences.

Read more about the efforst the world over to stop this deadly disease: World Aids Campaign.

December 1, 2008

>Unions Recognize World Aids Day

>The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic affects all of us. In the U.S., workers living with the disease have protections on the job. Here are 2 articles on what unions are doing around the world to ensure the spread slows to a stop and worker’s human rights are protected.

UNI – Africa Removing denial and the stigama still attached to those infected with HIV/AIDS are both important parts of the trade union action plan to tackle the disease in Africa. Read more about how unions are supporting members with this disease.

BWI- Asian Pacific Region
HIV/AIDS, a global pandemic has thrown new challenges to the trade unions around the world. Today on the World AIDS day – we remember all the brothers and sisters who have lost their lives and also, those who are afflicted with the deadly virus and are coping with the consequences.

Read more about the efforst the world over to stop this deadly disease: World Aids Campaign.