March 7, 2016
By John Quinn
Washington, DC – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is guilty of violating federal labor laws. In a thirty-three page Decision, Judge Olivero wrote, “ADM has committed numerous violations of Section 8(a)(1) of the Act by interrogating and threatening its employees.
“Now that the Board set aside the 2015 election results and issued a cease and desist order against ADM, we’re hopeful employees will be able to freely and fairly vote to become members of the BCTGM,” says BCTGM Director of Organization John Price.
During their 2015 effort to become members of BCTGM Local 103G, workers at ADM’s Bio-products facility in Decatur, Illinois were intimidated and harassed by management in the days leading up to the election. Local 103G filed objections to the conduct of the election. In a thirty-three page Decision, Judge Olivero wrote, “ADM has committed numerous violations of Section 8(a)(1) of the Act by interrogating and threatening its employees. Accordingly, I have determined that the Respondent’s misconduct during the critical period is sufficient to set aside the results of the election held on January 20 and 21, 2015.”
Nick Mitchell, a Lead Maintenance employee at the plant says workers are eager to become union members. “Conditions haven’t changed and we’re prepared to win a fair election and become members of the BCTGM.”