Pass the BCTGM-made milk to enjoy with your BCTGM-made cookies or cereal. On March 17, more than 100 workers at Land-O-Sun Dairy in Richmond, Va. voted to join BCTGM Local 358 (Richmond).
Land-O-Sun Dairy, a subsidiary of dairy giant Dean Foods, produces all varieties of fresh milk under private label brands. Land-O-Sun Dairy, which was acquired by Dean Foods in 1998, has dairies in several other states, including Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky, which produce fluid dairy and ice-cream.
The campaign was led by Local 358 Financial Secretary Ted Constable and Local 358 President/Organizer Ray Daniels and International Representative/Organizer Jimmy Condran. Also assisting in the campaign were Local 358 members from two other facilities: Maurice Canady, Kraft Foods Chief Shop Steward and Phillip Ware, Filtrona Payne Chief Shop Steward.
The company did not immediately offer voluntary recognition after more than 51 percent of the workers at the plant signed union authorization cards in June 2008.The local union filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board. In the meantime, the company hired a union-busting law firm to stifle the organizing drive, and began holding mandatory meetings to try to convince the workers to vote against unionization.
The workers withstood management’s campaign and Local 358 intensified their efforts to educate the workers on the benefits of belonging to the BCTGM.
The workers were so determined to have a union that on election day, two employees got out of sick beds and came to the voting site to vote for the union and then returned home. More than 70 percent of the Land-O-Sun workers voted to join the BCTGM.
Congratulations to Local 358 organizers for their hard work and determination in this organizing drive! And welcome to BCTGM union family Land-O-Sun workers!