Tyson Foods workers will get to vote about remaining unionized

Employees at the Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Wallula will get to vote by secret ballot on whether to continue their union representation, the National Labor Relations Board has decided.

Last year, Tyson workers joined the United Food and Commercial Workers union after an organizing campaign. According to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represented the workers in the case, employees had to sign union dues deduction authorizations to vote. Only 61 of the plant's 1,177 employees cast a vote, according to the defense fund release.

A group of employees then filed a petition with the NLRB to force the union to hold a vote by secret ballot.

The NLRB regional director in Seattle upheld the employees' petition for a secret vote. He was unavailable to comment on Tuesday.

The vote will be held in early December, said Anthony Riedel, spokesman for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Calls to the union office were not returned Tuesday.