NLRB to review petition to decertify union at Mountaire plant

SELBYVILLE — Efforts by a Mountaire Farms employee to decertify the union at Mountaire’s Selbyville processing plant have reached the National Labor Relations Board. The Washington, D.C.-based NLRB announced Thursday it will review its so-called “contract bar” doctrine that blocks workers from removing a union they oppose. The action comes in a case brought by […]

Union rallies to gain support from Mountaire poultry workers

SELBYVILLE — Mickey Smith, representing the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 27, was banging her drum with purpose on a hot and steamy Monday morning, imploring others to chant “Fired up! Can’t take it no more!” With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ popular anthem, “I Won’t Back Down,” also playing in the background, UFCW […]

Poultry plant employee sues union over fees

SELBYVILLE — A Mountaire Farms employee has filed federal charges against the local union at his plant, claiming the illegal seizure of fees, according to an announcement on Tuesday. Oscar Cruz Sosa also alleged that he was threatened at his home after submitting a petition signed by co-workers to remove the United Food and Commercial […]

Labor union unveils $150M campaign to help defeat Trump

WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest labor unions is unveiling plans to invest $150 million in a nationwide campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump, a sweeping effort focused on eight battleground states and voters of color who typically don’t vote. The investment marks the largest voter engagement and turnout operation in the history […]

Delaware legislative union effort sparks anger, confusion

DOVER — On Jan. 14, the first day of session for the General Assembly this year, some legislative staffers dropped a bombshell on the rest of the building: They intended to unionize. Organizers, who did not identify themselves by name in a news release announcing the unionization effort, said they had support from “a majority […]

Letter to the Editor: Unions beneficial to workers

In response to Mark Mix’s commentary of Sept. 1 (“Consider the injustice of forced union dues”) where he bemoans what he considers the “injustice of forced union dues,” I would like highlight my experience as a union member in New Castle County’s Library Department. I have nothing but praise for the benefits my union representatives […]

Commentary: This Labor Day, consider the injustice of forced union dues

As you shop for back-to-school supplies for your kids or food for the Labor Day cookout, consider this: the clerks, shelf stockers, truck drivers, and factory workers who make that possible can all be legally forced to pay money to a union or else be fired. Why? Because Delaware is one of the 23 forced-unionism […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Of unions and nonprofit bogeymen

I would like to take the opportunity to respond to Dr. John E. Stapleford’s opinion piece printed in the Delaware State News Sept. 7 edition entitled “Court ruling a game-changer in mandatory union dues.” First off, far be it for me as a patriotic constitutional defending citizen to tell anyone that they have to join […]

Vote on Sussex right-to-work law postponed

DOVER — After hearing from more than 40 people over the course of four-plus hours, Sussex County Council voted to defer action on a proposal that would make the county a right-to-work locale. Right-to-work laws protect workers from being forced to join a union as a condition of employment at a business. Such laws exist […]

COMMENTARY: Workers reject the UAW – again

Employees at Ohio’s Fuyao Glass America plant voted last week against the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The final tally was 886 to 441 — a devastating loss for a union that desperately needed a win. This consequences of the loss will be felt far beyond the Ohio border. Private-sector union membership continues at a […]