There is a big brouhaha going on here between a co-op of cattle ranchers and the UFW (United Farm Workers).
CNB (Country Natural Beef) is a co-op of 120 ranchers who raise their cattle under strict ethical guidelines - no hormones, no antibiotics, free range.
The UFW wants to unionize the feedlot workers.
The workers don't want to unionize - they say they're paid above scale now and they don't want to pay union dues.
The ranchers say they don't care if the workers unionize -- they just don't want them to do it because they feel pressured by the union.
The union didn't feel like it was getting anywhere so they went to CNB buyers -- Whole Foods, New Seasons and Burgerville to ask them to stop buying from the co-op.
Whole Foods bit, and they buy up to 70% of CNB beef.
New Seasons and Burgerville declined.
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I know I'm a little dense but why is the UFW hitting this so hard? This is a small company with a few hundred employees.