ADM workers vote not to unionize

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DECATUR – Maintenance workers at ADM’s BioProducts facility in Decatur have voted not to join a union, according to a union official.

A preliminary vote count found 25 workers voted to join the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, while 32 voted not to join, according to information from John Price, the union’s director of organization.

The vote, which began Tuesday and ended Wednesday, was the third such vote in three years, union members said. It was scheduled after a judge found ADM violated labor rules during the last election.

Price said the union has seven days to investigate any labor violations that may have affected the results. He said if no violations occurred “BCTGM will respect the majority’s vote and workers at ADM will have to wait another year for a new elections.”

In a statement, an ADM spokesperson said: "ADM is committed to promoting a safe work environment with competitive wages and benefits. While we support the right of our employees to make a choice regarding union membership, ADM believes that direct communication with our employees, without the involvement of a third party, is most effective. Today, the maintenance employees at our BioProducts facility in Decatur voted against union representation.  As a result, we are pleased that we will be able to continue working directly with these employees without the involvement of a third party."

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