At the Smithfield Packing plant in Tar Heel N.C. hundreds of (and possibly as many as 1,000) nonunion workers walked out in a show of worker solidarity last Friday.
Workers involved in the walkout said it was fueled by anger over Smithfieldâ€™s recent decision to fire several dozen immigrants who the company said had presented false Social Security numbers in applying for a job. [â€¦] A number of workers said the discontent stemmed not just from the recent firings but also from brusque treatment, the speed of the production line and widespread injuries.
The workers at this, the largest slaughter house in the world, have been fighting for union representation for nearly a decade.
Workers are back at work today with promises from plant officials to ease regulations on firing of immigrant workers who cannot immediately provide proper documentation, and to meet for further talks.