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Via The Des Moines Register: More Than 500 General Mills Workers In Iowa ‘Go Union,’ Vote To Join The Retail, Wholesale And Department Store Union

Published Sunday, January 13, 2019
by Kevin Hardy/ The Des Moines Register
Via The Des Moines Register: More Than 500 General Mills Workers In Iowa ‘Go Union,’ Vote To Join The Retail, Wholesale And Department Store Union

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA) - More than 500 General Mills Workers in Cedar Rapids have voted for Union Representation by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  Last week the Workers voted during two National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Election sessions, according to a news release.  The RWDSU will now represent about 520 General Mills Workers in contract negotiations. 

"I’m proud to say I’m now part of the RWDSU and I know everyone who works alongside me knows that representation from the Union will change our future here," Employee Tim Sarver said in a news release. "It’s about time General Mills Workers had a real seat at the table with the company and we’re ready to get to work on a fair contract."

"We respect our Employees' right to make this choice and will work to have a productive relationship with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Workers Union at Cedar Rapids," General Mills Spokesman Rob Litt said.

Employees in the Bargaining Unit handle production, sanitation and maintenance at the General Mills Facility.  They joined Local 110 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which also represents Workers at the Quaker Facility in Cedar Rapids and Coles Quality Foods in North Liberty.

"We’re proud to welcome the Workers of General Mills into the Union," RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in a news release. "Once again, they show that the best way for Working People to protect themselves and their families is the join together in a Union."

To Directly Access This Labor News Report, Go To: www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/2019/01/10/general-mills-workers-cedar-rapids-iowa-vote-unionize-retail-wholesale-department-store-labor-union/2536868002/

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