Yesterday a representative for Smithfield published an article in the Charlotte Observer further explaining the company’s racketeering lawsuit against officials of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Thought you should see it:
The truth is that Smithfield has agreed — repeatedly — to hold a secret-ballot election at Tar Heel. We have agreed to let the employees vote on whether they want the union. But the union has refused — repeatedly — to agree to an election.
Instead, the UFCW is running a “corporate campaign.” The campaign is designed to force Smithfield to recognize the union without an employee vote. The union is saying to Smithfield: We will hurt your business — we will even put you out of business — unless you give in.
If this campaign succeeds, the people hurt most will be the employees at Smithfield. If the UFCW puts Smithfield out of business, it will put the employees out of their jobs. That is morally wrong. And we believe it is illegal. In fact, we believe it is extortion. So we have filed suit against the union under the federal RICO law.
Of course, the union has also attacked a celebrity spokesperson for the company. Here is her response on Larry King Live: