Workers employed at Richmond Baking of Oregon voted overwhelmingly to join BCTGM Local 114 (Portland, Ore.). The McMinnville, Ore. facility is one of three baking plants operated by Richmond Baking Company–the flagship plant is located in Richmond, Ind. and the East Coast operations are based in Alma, Ga. (BCTGM Local 372B represents the Indiana workers.) The bakery, built in 2001, produces organic cookies and crackers, cracker meal and batter mixes for both the domestic and international markets.
Initial contact with the Oregon workers was in the fall of 2005. Local 114 Business Agent Terry Lansing said conditions at the McMinnville plant were typical of non-union bakeries. “The workers objected to the low wages, high turnover of employees, and a general lack of respect from the managers and owners,” said Lansing.
With help from International Representative Eric Anderson, Local 114 representatives met with the McMinnville workers, discussed the conditions and problems, formed an organizing committee in the plant and moved toward certification. The workers filed for Union recognition on December 27, 2005 and the National Labour Relations Board conducted the successful vote on March 1.