Hearthside Prevails in NLRB Action

Court dismisses all charges and certifies the free and fair election, rejecting BCTGM representation

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Mar 19, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Hearthside Food Solutions LLC (Hearthside) confirmed today that it had prevailed over the NLRB in a legal challenge stemming from allegations related to the free and fair NLRB supervised election held at one of its locations in June 2011. This victory dismisses all charges as groundless and orders the certification of that election.

The litany of charges stemmed from BCTGM (Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union) allegations of company actions on the lead up to the free and fair NLRB supervised election held June 2nd and 3rd 2012 at the firm’s London, Kentucky manufacturing plant. In that decisive election the employees voted in an overwhelming number to reject an offer of union representation. The final vote total of the now certified election was 416 “No” and 168 “Yes”. The certification is effective as of March 15, 2012.

“The judge threw everything out. We are pleased with the court’s ruling and believe that we have been vindicated. More importantly, the voice of our people, rejecting third party interference, has prevailed,” said Rich Scalise, Chairman and CEO of Hearthside. “The complete dismissal of these spurious charges and the official election certification closes what has been an expensive and time consuming process. Even though we knew all the charges to be false, we still needed to divert resources and time to defending our company, our people and our reputation.”

This was one of two organizing attempts made by the union at Hearthside manufacturing facilities in 2011. In both attempts the union’s offer was overwhelmingly rejected by workers in free and fair NLRB supervised elections.

Hearthside was defended in this action by the Lowenbaum Partnership LLC law firm, a specialist in labor law. The ruling was delivered on March 1st 2012. The 43 page decision of the Administrative Law Judge in Washington DC can be found here.

About Hearthside Food Solutions

Hearthside Food Solutions, headquartered in Downers Grove IL, is the nation’s largest independent bakery and a full service contract manufacturer of high quality grain-based food and snack products for some of the world’s leading premier brands. The privately held company, formed in 2009, today operates 13 food manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota and Oregon with a workforce in excess of 5,000. More information on the company can be found at www.hearthsidefoods.com.