HARTLAND – Unionized workers at New Brunswick’s Covered Bridge Chips are on strike.
The 32 employees who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1288P union, out of a total workforce of 90 people, are seeking a contract with higher wages as well as new seniority and layoff practices. The union and the company failed to reach an agreement through mediation.
In a statement from Covered Bridge Chips, President and CEO Ryan Albright described the dispute as “a small bump in the road that many family-run businesses encounter.” He explained that production and business operations will continue.
“Our goal at Covered Bridge has always been to foster a work environment that has a truly authentic family feel, because it is in fact how we started; as a family,” he said.
The union is calling for a boycott of Covered Bridge Chips, which will mean union members discouraging consumers from purchasing the products.