Snorkel’s Kansas plant decertifies union

By Lindsey Anderson01 March 2013

Snorkel’s U.S. manufacturing facility has voted to remove its representation with its union, the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

The IAM gained representation of the Elwood, KS plant in the summer of 2008. Out of the 90 eligible employees who could vote, 72 voted to decertify, Snorkel said.

Snorkel said, “Since the time of the initial certification, the company has been steadily climbing itself out of the global economic recession. From the results of the recent decertification, it is apparent that it has accomplished this keeping the best interests of its employees at the fore front.”

David Smith, president of Snorkel North America, said, "Our employees petitioned for a vote on decertification and voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. This is such a rare occurrence because it only happens when employees completely trust their management team and recognize that the management team has their best interests at heart."

Could the reason Snorkel employees voted to decertify be related to recent rumors that a Snorkel buyout could be on the table? Access, Lift & Handlers reached out to Snorkel for a comment, but have not heard back yet. We will update the story with details as they emerge.

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