NLRB to deliberate complaint against ADM

DECATUR – The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a federal hearing to deliberate a complaint against Archer Daniel Midland (ADM) for allegedly violating federal labor laws. Among the accusations: interrogating, threatening, and intimidating workers as they tried to join a union.

ADM Spokesperson Jackie Anderson issued a statement denying the allegations.

“The union's allegations are unfounded and unwarranted,” Anderson said. “ADM did not engage in any unfair labor practice nor did we interfere with the organizing rights of our employees.”

62 workers at ADM's Bio-Product Maintenance plant in Decatur voted to join a union by secret ballot election earlier this year.

This was the second attempt by the maintenance employees to unionize. In December 2013, 28 voted in favor of joining the union and 28 voted against. According to the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), management promised workers that working conditions would improve but when the same issues allegedly persisted, a majority signed BCTGM Union cards.

According to BCTGM Director of Organization John Price, ADM then launched an anti-union campaign.

An investigation by NLRB found merit to the charges against the company and a federal hearing has been scheduled for July 14 in Peoria.

“We have some serious concerns and issues we would like to fix,” said Nick Mitchell, a lead maintenance employee at the plant.

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