A Pasco, Wash., dairy has been sued by some former employees, who allege they weren’t paid for all of the hours they worked and were denied rest and lunch breaks.
The complaint also claims that four workers are fired in retaliation for their attempts to unionize, reports the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash.
Dick Bengen, owner of Ruby Ridge Dairy, the subject of the lawsuit, told the Herald that he's opposed to unionization because a union can create an adversarial relationship between the employer and the employees.
Yet, in this case, the workers were dismissed before Bengen became aware of their potential unionization plans in late July, the article said.
Bengen also denied that the workers who filed the lawsuit were denied rest and lunch breaks.
This month’s issue of Dairy Herd Management has an article on the threat that unions pose to dairies, titled "Be concerned about unions."
Read the Tri-City Herald article.
On Aug. 13, the workers staged a protest. View a video from KNDO/KNDU-TV.
Source: Tri-City Herald and KNDO/KNDU-TV