Unionization Clash At Blue Diamond

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 21, 2008

Workers at the nut processing plant are non-union. Blue Diamond says it’ll let workers vote on unionization…but it has to be a secret ballot election at the company site.

Protest organizer Ricky Gutierrez says they want the vote to be off-site. 

"What we are asking for is free and fair elections…so a neutral place where workers are not intimidated, where they feel free and comfortable to make their own choice." 

Blue Diamond officials returned our request for comment with the following statement:

”Blue Diamond Growers supports a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board." 

Union groups are expected to ask the Sacramento City Council to step in early next month.