The NLRB complaint comes in the wake of accusations by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
The union accused the almond growers’ cooperative of firing union sympathizers. The union also charges that employees were warned that forming a union could lead to lost pensions and closure of the processing plant in Sacramento.
An NLRB spokesman says their investigation found reasonable cause for the complaint, and scheduled a hearing for December 5th. 28 legal violations have been indicated, involving 14 supervisors and lead employees. The NLRB spokesman says Blue Diamond refused to rectify the problems. The union organizing effort began in September of ’04. No comment was available from Blue Diamond.