The workers are members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 48G. Since they approved a contract July 23 by a small margin, they have had to attend a week of company-organized classes before returning to jobs producing cornstarch and sweeteners. Workers said they had to sign off on procedures to operate equipment and listen to managers lectures on improving the companys culture.
I call the classes re-education camp, said Buddy Howard, a stalwart on the picket lines during the fight. Half a dozen workers declined to partake in Roquettes catered lunch each day, he said.
Cindy Runge, a regular at Club 48G, the picket shack at the plants Fifth Street entrance, said she is one of more than a dozen workers who began training last week as new union shop stewards.
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