Lamb Weston

ConAgra Food’s Lamb Weston potato-processing plant is seen on Feb. 11, 2015, in Twin Falls.

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TWIN FALLS — Lamb Weston employees decided last week that they will not to be represented by a union at the Twin Falls plant.

The voting took place July 13 and Saturday to determine whether employees would be represented by the Teamsters Local 483 based out of Boise. Ninety-two percent of eligible employees cast their votes.

The outcome: 439-no, 109-yes. The National Labor Relations Board oversaw the process, but Lamb Weston said the final vote must still be certified.

“We value our people and we want to create a positive and productive work environment,” company spokeswoman Shelby Stoolman said. “We’re continuing forward to work together as a unified team.”

Lamb Weston is pleased with the outcome, which it believes creates a better working environment between employees and supervisors, she said.

Maintenance lead Tomas Cuellar, an employee of 25 years, said he was glad to see a high percentage of employees casting their votes. Hourly employees were eligible, he said, and 10 votes were contested.

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Cuellar was one of the employees that voted against having a union.

“I think they got the message that we don’t need them,” he said. “To me, it was just a handful of employees that had issues, and it could have been taken care of through HR.”

But given that 109 employees wanted the union, he expects there will be some changes happening, through the proper channels within the company.

Teamsters Local 483 did not return a message asking for comment on July 17.

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