November 21, 1997 in Nation/World

Union Ask Nlrb To Schedule Vote

Compiled From Wire Services

The Teamsters union asked the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday to authorize union elections at two of the state’s largest fruit warehouses.

The board is expected to schedule a hearing to meet with both companies, Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee and Washington Fruit Growers in Yakima, to discuss terms and dates for elections.

The Teamsters announced plans in mid-1996 to organize Washington state’s 15,000 fruit warehouse workers.

The union contends the workers live in poverty on wages that average $7.50 per hour.

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