BCTGM Local 270T (Wilson, N.C.) was forced into a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing after employer Alliance One Tobacco filed a petition to clarify the bargaining unit of our BCTGM members employed at the Stantonsburg Road and South Tarboro Street (Cut Rag) facilities in Wilson, excluding the newly created Baldree Road facility, also in Wilson.
In this federal hearing, the BCTGM’s primary argument was that the Baldree facility should be combined with our other units (accretion). Our Union’s secondary argument was that there should be an NRLB election to determine the bargaining unit.
The result of the Hearing was that the NLRB rejected the employer’s argument to exclude these workers from the Union and also rejected the Union’s accretion argument, but accepted the Union’s secondary argument that there should be an election for a separate bargaining unit. The election was held on August 5, 2008, and our Union won!
Congratulations to Local 270T and International Representative Bill Daunhauer, who handled the legal work and led the campaign.
Region Six Vice President Randy Roark reports that effective October 5, BCTGM Local 114 (Portland, Oregon) represents the sanitors at the Bimbo Bakeries/Oroweat production plant in Beaverton, Oregon. This group was organized via accretion and the effort was lead by Local 114 Financial Secretary Terry Lansing. The sanitors join our existing members who are the bakers that produce the product at this location.