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LABOR BOARD SLAPS TYSON FOODS FOR ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES TO OUST UNION; COMPANY ORDERED TO IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE FOOD & COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION

 WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) announced today that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found Tyson Foods guilty of illegally directing and controlling a decertification petition to oust the workers' union at the company's plant in Dardanelle, Ark.
 Based on the illegally directed and controlled decertification petition, the company, in 1991, withdrew recognition of United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 2008 as the representative of the 1,100 workers at the Dardanelle chicken processing plant.
 The board also found Tyson guilty of illegal conduct, including:
 -- threatening employees with loss of wages and benefits if they did
 not decertify the union;
 -- interrogating employees about union activity;
 -- surveillance of employees engaged in legally protected
 activities; and,
 -- unilaterally changing the employees' terms and conditions of
 employment.
 The NLRB ordered the company to immediately recognize the union and to begin bargaining at the union's request over the workers' terms and conditions of employment.
 Additionally, Tyson must post a notice in the plant stating that it will no longer engage in illegal conduct in violation of the workers' rights.
 According to the UFCW Local 2008 president, Cecil Casey: "Tyson ran an underhanded and dirty campaign to destroy the workers' union. The Labor Board's decision confirms what the workers already know: Management, not workers, started and ran the effort to get rid of the union. Tyson used threats and coercion to bully workers into signing the decertification petition."
 The union has sent a letter to Tyson management requesting that the company provide dates to begin bargaining as soon as possible over pay, benefits and conditions in the plant.
 "We are going to move quickly to rebuild what Tyson tried to illegally destroy. Workers want a voice in what happens to them at work, and we're not going to be silenced by management," said Casey.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Denier of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, 202-466-1591/
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