No formal complaints have been filed regarding the election last week in which Longview Fibre employees voted down a second attempt in less than a year to unionize.
On an 87-75 vote the box and paper bag company's employees rejected an attempt by the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers to represent them.Robert Arkett, vice president for industrial relations at the company's corporate headquarters in Longview, Wash., said that charges by union leaders regarding working conditions and intimidation were nullified by the vote. He said the plant is state-of-the-art and denied that a poor working atmosphere exists there.
The effort to unionize started last June when employees pushed for, and won, the right to hold an election for union representation. The vote then was to reject the union, but the National Labor Relations Board upheld a union complaint that a company no-solicitation rule was restrictive. Arkett said the rule was never enforced.
Nonetheless, a new election was ordered, and again employees rejected the effort to unionize. Unless the vote is again challenged, another election cannot be held for a year.
A union spokesman failed to return repeated telephone calls for comment.