Region Three Vice President Jeanne Graham reports an organizing victory at Simmons Foods, a poultry feed processing mill in Fairland, Oklahoma. The group that was organized includes production workers and transport drivers.
What made this campaign interesting was that Local 16G ( Kansas City, Missouri) and Local 51G (Carthage, Missouri) pooled their resources and jointly worked on the organizing effort.
Graham credits Local 16G Business Agent & Financial Secretary Roger Catron and Local 51G President Tony Pugh. International Representative Steve Bertelli led the organizing effort, assisted by International Representatives Wayne Purvis and Dan Gust.
BCTGM Local 24 (San Francisco) scored two organizing victories earlier this year, covering seven in-store bakeries in Redwood City, Calif. Six of the in-store bakeries are owned by Safeway and the other bakery is owned by Pac-N-Save. All of these bakeries are new facilities. Congratulations to the Local 24 organizers and the newest members of the BCTGM!
We encourage all BCTGM Local Unions to visit their local grocery stores and talk to the in-store bakers. If they do not already belong to a Union, talk to them about the benefits of being a BCTGM baker!