At a food co-op, union effort under way

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Labor unrest is stirring again and union organizing is under way at the Ashland Food Co-op, where one employee says workers hope to get the co-op to live up to its values.

The Ashland Daily Tidings says (http://bit.ly/qXZ3EL ) employees and managers have had four open forums in the past few months, during the second time in 10 years employees have considered unionizing.

An organizer estimates about 70 of the co-op's 160 employees are now behind the union and says the organizing focuses on management practices and punishment policies.

The co-op's general manager says the co-op has taken the concerns seriously and does everything it can to address them.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com