UFCW Locals 21, 44 Approve Merger

United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 21 and 44 have agreed to a merger.

SEATTLE — United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 21 and 44 have agreed to a merger.

The combination, which will operate as Local 21, based here, creates a 35,000-member organization and will increase bargaining power with employers, according to a statement from Mike Hatfield, who served as president of Local 44 and will advise the combined group. Local 44, based in Mt. Vernon, Wash., includes 3,500 members and brings meat cutters and processors into Local 21.

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