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Vallourec workers vote against unionization

Jan 23, 2014 | 05:15 PM |

Tags  Vallourec, Youngstown, union, United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America, Labor Relations Institute, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Workers at Vallourec Star LP’s oil country tubular goods production facility in Youngstown, Ohio, have voted 367-to-148 against unionizing, a spokeswoman for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America told AMM.

"We at Vallourec Star are proud of our ongoing investments in our employees and the local community and will continue to provide a safe and respectful workplace where pay and benefits programs remain some of the best in the valley and surrounding areas," the company said in an e-mailed statement.

Vallourec Star is a subsidiary of French pipe and tube producer Vallourec SA.

"They had a company (Labor Relations Institute Inc.) ... come and run a very aggressive campaign," Bill Allen, a worker at the facility and a supporter of unionization, told AMM about the lead-up to the vote.

Labor Relations Institute declined to comment.

It was the first unionization vote at the plant in several years, spurred by what Allen said were "lots of issues where we thought things didn’t go the way they should."

Another vote cannot be scheduled for at least a year, according to the union spokeswoman.

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