Farm Group President Sees Unionization As Opposition To USDA Office Move


Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

May 13, 2019


Employees in the USDAís Economic Research Service have voted overwhelmingly to unionize on a 138 to 4 vote. Thatís seen as the group opposing the proposed movement of their offices out of the nationís Capital. Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish whose group is against the move of ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture sees the unionization as a sign they donít want to move.


He says the researchers at both ERS and NIFA need to remain in Washington D.C. where they can effectively work with policy makers.


Wertish says the Trump administration isnít listening to what most Ag groups and the office employees are telling them and are bent on proceeding with the move anyway.


Next month employees in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture are scheduled to take a vote...


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