R.J. Reynolds Union Rejection

More than 1200 workers at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco have voted against union representation for the second time in as many years. Production and maintenance workers voted almost 2 to 1 against unionizing last year. The vote was 1228 against union representation and 862 in favor. Reynolds says the decision also includes 23 challenged ballots. The totals must be certified by the National Labor Relations Board, a process expected to take a week. Reynolds, the nation's second-largest tobacco company, is the only major cigarette-maker whose production workers do not have union representation. Only one union was involved in last year's vote, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. This year, the machinists' union teamed with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union to form a new group, the United Tobacco Alliance for a Voice and Freedom.