Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Smithfield Workers Appeal for Solidarity

Does your local supermarket carry Smithfield pork products from the Tar Heel, North Carolina?

Smithfield Foods is the largest pork producer and processor in the world, the fourth largest turkey processor and fifth largest beef processor in the U.S. It is headquartered in the town of Smithfield, Virginia, but its multinational operations stretch across the US, Mexico, and much of Europe.

Workers at Smithfield have been fighting to organize a union since the early 1990s. US administrative law judges who oversee violations of labor law have repeatedly ruled that Smithfield has violated workers rights using threats, harassment, and violence against workers.

Workers at the Tar Heel, North Carolina plant walked off the job in 2006 to protest against an unfair labor screening process and management intimidation and abuse.

Join thousands of Smithfield activists nationwide working to make a difference in their own communities.

The Justice at Smithfield Campaign is asking union supporters to find out if their local grocery stores carry Smithfield products, and to ask those stores to stop until Smithfield respects the workers who have made it one of the largest meat producers in the world.

Go to www.smithfieldjustice.com to find out how to check on your local store and to speak up for workers rights.

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