Farm workers say union has improved working conditions

By: - August 30, 2005 4:59 am

Charlotte Observer

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. – Working and living conditions have improved at North Carolina farms covered under a nearly year-old union contract between workers and a growers group that recruited them from Mexico, workers and union officials agree.

The union contract signed last September ended a five-year boycott of Mount Olive Pickle Co. started because of working conditions at the company’s farms. The contract also covers legal seasonal workers at other farms who are brought into the state by the North Carolina Growers Association. (more…)

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