Judge hears Smithfield-union arguments
The company’s attorney disagreed, reportedly arguing that the union demanded a sham election and committed extortion by insisting
The Smithfield, Va.-based meat company claims the union and other defendants violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute, which was originally designed to fight organized crime, in its efforts to unionize
U.S. District Judge Robert Payne will be ruling on whether or not the company’s lawsuit can go forward.
The central issue in Monday's hearing was whether the union really advocated a bogus election or whether the idea was never taken seriously after being mentioned by a union official who had no real bargaining authority.
Source: Associated Press