Macon Economic Development Commission

Labor Management Relations

Manufacturing Employment (Bibb County)

  Total Non Union Union %
Plants 157 152 4 2.5%
Employees 6036 4977 1059 17.5%

 

 

Manufacturers with Union Membership 2008

  NAICS Total Employment Total Union At Facility
Armstrong World Industries 32 517 444
Cherokee Culvert Co. 33 & 42 37 12
ConAgra's Flour Mill 31 20 14
Graphic Packaging Corp. 32 600 589

 

Georgia is a Right - to - Work state.

These 4 firms represent 2.5% of the total manufacturing companies in Bibb County, yet they represent 100% of the total union membership countywide.

There have been 2 work stoppages in Bibb County since 1982. Pepsi Cola Bottling went on strike in 1982; the company replaced the striking workers. In 1989, Cagle employees went out on strike over working conditions. They were back to work within a few days.

Macon and Bibb County have examples of companies from highly unionized industry sectors that have operated in Macon and Bibb County union free for years. Another manufacturing company had their union decertified in the 1980s when the employees voted to end third party representation.

Source for Unionization Data: Georgia Power Community & Economic Development Georgia Unionization Survey, 2008
Source for County Manufacturing Employees and Number of Plants: Georgia Department of Labor May 2008 (2007 annual averages).