‘NEVER GIVE UP’: Longtime worker has backed union for years

Bill Flynn is still fighting for a union at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and he doesn’t even work there anymore.

“I’ve lived this about all my adult life,” said Flynn, who has worked on several unsuccessful union campaigns at Reynolds.

Flynn, 58, started working in production at Reynolds in 1969. He took an incentive package from the company and retired last year, although he is still on the payroll until the end of this year, he said.

Flynn says that by being in a union, workers can have a voice in the workplace. “They’ll be participants in the decision-making process,” he said. Read the entire Winston-Salem Journal article here


Reynolds workers to vote on union again

About 2,000 workers at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. are scheduled to vote on union representation today and early Friday.

Workers who support unionization said they are upset about cuts in benefits. They also said that it makes sense to band together to negotiate a contract the way that executives do for themselves. Read the entire Winston-Salem Journal article here.