Washington, D.C. - The United States Labor Relations Board finds Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) guilty of violating federal labor laws.
A group of ADM workers attempting to be a part of a union told the board they were intimidated for trying to join the the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM).
In a thirty-three page Decision, Judge Olivero wrote, "ADM has committed numerous violations of Section 8(a)(1) of the Act by interrogating and threatening its employees. Accordingly, I have determined that the Respondent's misconduct during the critical period is sufficient to set aside the results of the election held on January 20 and 21, 2015."
John Price, Director of Organization for the BCTGM International Union says,"Now that the Board set aside the 2015 election results and issued a cease and desist order against ADM, we're hopeful employees will be able to freely and fairly vote to become members of the BCTGM,"
Nick Mitchell, a Lead Maintenance employee at the plant says workers are eager to become union members. "Conditions haven't changed and we're prepared to win a fair election and become members of the BCTGM,"
Previously, an ADM spokesperson told WAND-TV the allegations were unfounded and unwarranted and the company did not engage in any unfair labor practices.
The BCTGM International Union has more than seventy thousand (70,000) active members employed at Kellogg's, General Mills, ConAgra, Cargill, Hershey, Nestle and more than thirty-eight (38) Archer Daniel Midland facilities in the United States