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Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, Va., said its subsidiary, Smithfield Packing Co., Tar Heel, N.C., intends to appeal a decision by an administrative law judge working for the National Labor Relations Board that Smithfield had violated labor laws. The violations -- involving, the judge found, the illegal dismissal of 11 workers for union activities -- occurred during two organizing campaigns in the 1990s

Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, Va., said its subsidiary, Smithfield Packing Co., Tar Heel, N.C., intends to appeal a decision by an administrative law judge working for the National Labor Relations Board that Smithfield had violated labor laws. The violations -- involving, the judge found, the illegal dismissal of 11 workers for union activities -- occurred during two organizing campaigns in the 1990s conducted by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. A Smithfield spokesman said, "The company believes that it has excellent grounds for getting the decision reversed." A UFCW spokeswoman told SN, "We are pleased the workers were reinstated, and we are glad we will have access to the plant without illegal company interference."

John Olszeski and Russell Vernon.