By COLIN STAUB
A bargaining unit of 225 workers at the Tillamook County Creamery Association will soon decide whether to go non-union. Teamsters Local 58 currently represents production workers at the cooperative, which produces cheese and other dairy products under the Tillamook brand name. The company is headquartered in Tillamook, Oregon, where its flagship creamery is located.
But on Oct. 13 a worker asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a decertification election. Details and dates of the vote have not been determined.
A previous decertification campaign in 2018, initiated by management, resulted in 31 equipment maintenance workers decertifying from Operating Engineers Local 701.
Marc Chrismer, Tillamook County Creamery Association’s in-house labor attorney, lists “conducted and oversaw a successful decertification campaign” where he lists his accomplishments at Tillamook on his LinkedIn résumé.
NLRB records show management also tried to decertify a group of four quality assurance specialists represented by Local 58 in 2014, but that petition was later withdrawn.