November 17, 2008 / 9:28 PM / 12 years ago

Smithfield pork plant to hold union vote Dec 10-11

CHICAGO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Meat cutters at Smithfield Foods Inc’s SFD.N huge pork plant in Tar Heel, N.C., will vote on Dec. 10 and 11 to determine if they are to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, the company and UFCW said in a joint statement on Monday.

Results are to be made public immediately after the vote.

The two parties agreed three weeks ago to a plan whereby employees at the plant would vote if they want UFCW representation. The Tar Heel facility has about 5,000 employees.

The agreement helped settle a suit filed by Smithfield against the UFCW. As part of that agreement, the UFCW agreed to end its public campaign against Smithfield and both parties agreed to establish and jointly fund a “Feed the Hungry Program.”

The UFCW has been trying for 10 years to organize workers at the Tar Heel pork plant. (Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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