October 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Chattanooga, TN – Workers at the Ardent Mills flour mill here voted Oct. 13 to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1995. “Workers at Ardent Mills have suffered through cut-backs and reductions in benefits due to a corporate acquisition three years ago with no way to have a voice in the direction of their company,” Local 1995 said in a statement.
Now, it added, they will have the opportunity “to get the respect they deserve.” The mill, formerly known as Horizon Milling, produces flour for breading for fried foods, cakes, and pies, primarily for restaurants. The Ardent Mills company, which has 40 flour mills in the U.S. and Canada, is the result of more than a century of mergers and acquisitions descended from a Nebraska grain mill opened in 1867. It was formed in 2013 as a joint venture between ConAgra Foods, Cargill, and CHS. Local 1995 represents more than 8,000 workers in food retailing and processing in Middle and East Tennessee, northern Alabama, and southern Kentucky, including workers at the Kroger grocery chain and the Tyson meat-processing corporation. Read more