Strikers betray unions' ugly legacy: Racism

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Collective bargaining disputes show union organizers at their worst

Striking workers at a Moncure factory say a noose was hung over the weekend near one of the sites where they picket. Union members at Moncure Plywood in Chatham County have been on strike since late July. On Saturday, they said, a noose made of red rope appeared. It dangled from a piece of machinery just inside the plant's gate until Monday morning, when someone inside the plant removed it.

"It was visible for anyone to see," said Wade Crump, an 18-year plant employee who was picketing outside the plant Monday. "It was racist."

Crump said about 60 percent of the plant's union members are black, and 30 percent are Hispanic.

Plant managers could not be reached for comment Monday.


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