Potash workers hope to form union in Carlsbad

Posted at: 04/21/2013 5:39 PM
By: The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Workers at one of Carlsbad's largest businesses are considering forming a union.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that employees at Intrepid Potash have enlisted the help of a union official who works with area steelworkers to have their voices heard.

United Steelworkers union representative Robert Espinoza says several Intrepid employees have complained about uncomfortable working conditions and not enough pay.

To form a union, 51 percent of employees must vote in favor of it.

Once the vote takes place, Espinoza says the interested members would contact the National Labor Relations Board.

Intrepid's executive vice president, Jamie Whyte, says the company respects the right of its employees to be represented by a labor organization, but he's not sure why getting a third party involved is necessary.

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