Settlement reached in Ashland co-op labor dispute

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Accused of unfair labor practices, the management at the food cooperative in Ashland has settled with a union trying to organize the workers. That could pave the way for a vote among employees.

An official of the National Labor Relations Board in Seattle tells the Ashland Daily Tidings (http://bit.ly/HoNMEp) the agency found merit to 13 of the 16 allegations made against the Ashland Food Co-op and was set to file a formal complaint.

The management says it didn’t admit to unfair labor practices. But General Manager Richard Katz said the coop will “be working very hard to stay in compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, having recently learned much more about this workplace law.”

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