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Poultry workers in Delaware to vote on decertifying union

March 4, 2022 GMT

SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employees at a Mountaire Farms poultry processing plant in southern Delaware will be allowed to vote this month on whether to vote to decertify their representation by the Teamsters union, the company said Friday.

Mountaire said some 230 employees at the Selbyville plant who are members of Teamsters Local 355 will vote March 17 on whether to decertify the union.

The vote comes just three months after plant employees who were members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27 voted overwhelmingly to decertify that union.

After that December vote, a Teamsters union employee gathered signatures and submitted a petition to the NLRB in early February asking to decertify the Teamsters union, the company said.

The March 17 vote will be held in person at the plant and overseen by the NLRB.

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“These employees have been patiently waiting for this opportunity to remove the union, and we’re happy they finally are getting that chance to have their voices heard,” Mountaire Farms President Phillip Plylar said in a prepared statement.

The company said the Selbyville facility is the only processing plant owned by Mountaire Farms that has a union.

Mountaire Corp. and its affiliates, Mountaire Farms and Mountaire Farms of Delaware, operate facilities in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.