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Date:8/2/2008

n the Case Farm poultry plant in Winesburg, Ohio for more than 20 years, and in that time his pay has increased by only 35 cents in total. After facing years of poor pay, dangerous work conditions, and complete disregard for the most basic of worker rights, Brown and his colleagues decided to try and organize their workplace. They signed cards and an election was held, in which the vast majority of workers voted for the union. The United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 880, has been in negotiations with Case Farms since June of 2007, but the company has refused to take them seriously and they still have yet to reach a real first contract agreement.

"Companies can just do whatever they want, stalling or waiting it out and threatening employees, so that they don't really get a union even though everybody wants one," said Brown. "And the way it is now, there's no real punishment for doing that. It's not fair."

Brown says that lawmakers need to know that stories like his aren't uncommon. "You hear about companies doing this kind of stuff all the time. We need better policies from Washington that make it easier for workers to join a union, without the company interfering."

About Change to Win

Change to Win is a partnership of seven unions and six million members founded in 2005 to organize workers of the new American economy. Change to Win is committed to restoring the American Dream so that all workers have a paycheck that can support a family, affordable health care, a secure and dignified retirement, and the opportunity for the next generation to be better off. The seven affiliated unions are: Service Employees International Union, UNITE HERE, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Laborers' International Union of North America, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and United Farm Workers of America.


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