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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