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National Labor Relations certifies unionization of Smithfield

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The National Labor Relations board has certified last weeks vote for unionization of the Smithfield Packing plant in Bladen County. Smithfield executives said they don't plan to challenge the election results. They are looking ahead to negotiating a contract starting early next year. Smithfield Packing works with unions at eight of its 13 plants. The company and union have battled over the meatpacking plant in Tar Heel since it opened 16 years ago.

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First order

I hope the first order of business is the union checks citizenships of the new members.

and in the current

economy, unreasonable union actions on behalf of the workers could well lead to former workers as Smithfield moves operations to non-unionized locales. In the meantime, Labor Union coffers will fatten from new union dues. And Union leaders will likely "qualify" for increased bonuses on the basis of this great "Victory" for the union. Is it unreasonable to think the union will act rationally? Or will they lead these workers down the path of UAW workers at the Big 3? Let's hope they remember there is only so much meat on the bone when they begin hammering management.