Packing and Processing


Delmarva Chicken Catchers Choose UFCW for Dignity on Job

About 40 workers who catch chickens to be processed in Tyson facilities, but who work for a Georgia-based contractor called Nipcam, voted to join UFCW Local 27 in an NLRB election last week. The catchers who work in Pocamoke City, VA., on the Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula fi rst contacted the UFCW when their working conditions got so bad, they nearly decided to walk off the job.

Antoine Toppin

Workers said they sought to unite in a union because they lacked any respect on the job and they wanted to be treated with simple human dignity. They were also concerned that working for contractors, instead of for the poultry companies like Tyson or Perdue, was making it harder and harder to make a living.

Chicken catchers have what has been described as the hardest, dirtiest job in the poultry industry catching clawing, squawking chickens by the feet and loading them into cages to be hauled to processing plants.

Stop Nespressure!

Sales at Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, last year topped 110 billion Swiss francs, leaving the competition in the dust. Sales keep growing, and profits with them. A leading moneymaker is the company’s Nespresso. But for many Nestlé workers around the world, growing profits translate into growing pressure from management on their wages, conditions and rights. Our friends at the IUF – the International Union of Food Wokrers – call it Nespressure– squeezing workers, violating workplace rights.

The UFCW urges you to join the IUF in standing with Nestlé workers in Indonesia, Pakistan, and around the world. Take a moment to like the campaign on Facebook and be sure to visit the website to find out how you can help.

Dairy Farmers of America Say Union Yes, Choose UFCW Local 876 for a Voice on the Job

On February 3, 2012, workers at Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a milk processing plant in Adrian, Michigan, voted for representation with UFCW Local 876 in an effort to gain job security and a voice on the job.

The vote ended the workers’ two month union organizing campaign. Workers said they became interested in forming a union when management began to use intimidation tactics to increase productivity. Workers cited wanting respect, equality and accountability as reasons to vote for union representation.

“The workers at DFA are very much a close community, and watching management mistreat coworkers was an incentive for workers to fi nd their voices,” said Noah Hefner, a DFA receiver. “I am really proud of my coworkers today,” We are ready to make progress by bargaining a fair contract with management.”