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Pork Workers Accuse Top Plant of Treating them like Hogs

by 5m Editor
20 June 2006, at 12:00am

US - Trying to keep up the momentum from a recent Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals ruling, angry pork plant workers from Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, N.C. are leaving the tobacco roads and crisscrossing the country this week to gain national support of a boycott of Smithfield’s pork products.

“We’re getting the message out about the conditions of the workers at Smithfield, the changes that should be made and how having a contract for the workers could change a lot of things at that plant, said Edward Morrison, a former worker at the plant, who is scheduled to speak at the events in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and in North Carolina.

“Find an alternative product if you can besides Smithfield products. If they don’t want to listen, then start hitting them in the pocket.”

The workers, who have teamed up with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and other labor and civil rights groups, have launched their “A Change to Win Week” to bring more attention to what they call sub-par working conditions in the plant and the company’s illegal practices to curb the formation of a union.

Source: Wilmington Journal

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