Mountaire plant withdraws recognition of Teamsters Local 355

Employees who work at Mountaire Farms’ poultry plant in Selbyville, Delaware, who belong to the Teamsters Local 355 union recently sent a letter to the company, explaining they no longer wanted to be represented by the union.

(Mountaire Farms)
(Mountaire Farms)

Employees who work at Mountaire Farms’ poultry plant in Selbyville, Delaware, who belong to the Teamsters Local 355 union recently sent a letter to the company, explaining they no longer wanted to be represented by the union.

Signed by a majority of the employees represented by the Teamsters Union at the Selbyville plant, the letter was addressed to management at Mountaire Farms.

“We are writing to express our interest in no longer being represented by Teamsters Local 355,” the letter stated. “We are tired and simply want them out of our lives since they serve no purpose. We trust that our company will do the right thing.”

Mountaire notified Teamsters Local 355 by letter on December 21 that it would no longer recognize the union as the collective bargaining representative of employees at the plant. Employees will no longer have union dues and assessments withheld from their paychecks.  The employees previously represented by the Teamsters work in various departments at the facility, including live haul, live receiving, box room, cooler, shipping and sanitation.

Mountaire Farms, according to the WATTPoultry.com Top Companies Database, is the sixth largest broiler company in the United States, having processed 57.39 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2019. The privately owned company employs nearly 10,000 people at facilities in Arkansas, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina.

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