Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fields Foods Employees Reject Effort to Unionize

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fields Foods Employees Reject Effort to Unionize

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An effort to unionize workers at the Fields Foods grocery store near Lafayette Square has failed.

Local 655 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents thousands of employees at Schnucks, Dierbergs, Shop 'n Save and Straub's stores, sought a vote earlier this month on union representation for employees at Fields Foods, a single-store grocer at 1500 Lafayette Avenue that opened in January 2014.

Fields Foods' vote was held Dec. 22, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Fields Foods has about 50 employees, and 12 employees voted in favor of unionizing and 31 voted against.

"We are of course disappointed with the outcome at Fields Foods," Local 655 president David Cook said in an email. "There remains substantial interest among the employees for better benefits, better wages, and respect on the job. …

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