Union continues efforts to organize Robeson County plant, says effort could take a long time

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LUMBER BRIDGE, North Carolina — Officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers say about 700 employees at Mountaire Farms poultry plant have signed cards indicating they support a union in their workplace.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1jO4Is4) union officials held a news conference Tuesday in Lumber Bridge to talk about efforts to organize the 2,000 Mountaire workers. Local 1208 also represents 3,400 workers at Smithfield Packing Co. in Tar Heel.

Local 1208 President Keith Ludlum said it could take a long time to unionize Mountaire, pointing out that it took 16 years to organize the Smithfield plant in nearby Bladen County.

MaryBe McMillian of the state AFL-CIO said Mountaire employees work in dangerous conditions and don't earn enough to provide for their families.

Mountaire did not respond to a message Wednesday.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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