⊕ UC employees reject union representation

DEKALB COUNTY – Workers at an Upper Cumberland manufacturer with locations in both Cookeville and Smithville have voted against union representation.

Employees at Star Manufacturing, a maker of commercial food services appliances, like popcorn machines, cook tops and food warmers, “soundly defeated” a measure for representation by the United Steel Workers Union, Smithville radio station WJLE reports. Voting took place Thursday, after employees had complained about workplace safely, less than ideal working conditions and unrealistic production expectations.

Star Manufacturing is one of DeKalb County’s largest employers and has operated in the county for 30 years. A 2014 count by the state put the Smithville facility, located at 265 Hobson St., at approximately 247 workers. The Cookeville building – which stands at 86,371 square feet, per a real estate listing – is located at 1722 W. Broad St.



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