June 22, 2006 – Despite a series of Unfair Labor Practice charges and multiple rulings by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Federal District Court of Fresno, Foster Farms of Livingston, CA continues to ignore the law. After nearly a year of bitter frustration, including mass walkouts by workers over safety violations, the company finally met with the workers, but rejected every proposal submitted, including language that was exactly like that in contracts already in place at other Foster Farms facilities.
“The battles began as soon as the workers voted by a whopping 97 percent margin to join the IAM,” said Western Territory GVP Lee Pearson. “Foster Farms initially took the position that they could ignore the results of the vote. The NLRB and the courts disagreed. Now, after a year, we are still trying to get this group of nearly 2,400 new members a contract. They have been through a lot, they fought like heck to get a union, and they aren’t giving up; despite the bully tactics of the billion-dollar company.”
In a series of newspaper advertisements and radio spots, the IAM is calling on union members in Central California and nationwide to get involved in the fight. You can help by calling 1-800-255-7227. Tell Foster Farms how you feel about employers who break the law, mistreat employees and refuse to recognize democratically-elected worker representatives.