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Workers at a poultry plant in the Shoals become the target of union workers.

Officials at the Pilgrim’s Pride plant called the sheriff’s department.

Just feet separate the area where union advocates can legally hand out brochures and the area where union workers could face charges.

“They go on the property of the plant, the plant controls that property and they would be trespassing,” said Franklin County Sheriff, Shannon Oliver.

Deputies responded to the Pilgrim’s Pride Plant in Russellville after managers called to report people affiliated with a labor union were outside the factory and soliciting their workers.

“The complaint we got was they were there causing a nuisance and causing a problem,” said Oliver.

The union advocates started passing out pamphlets when the workers go to leave the plant.  The Franklin County Sheriff says while it may bother the workers, the union advocates aren’t breaking any laws

“That’s something we discussed and they have no intentions to be on the property,” said Oliver.  “Just on the right away where they can notify the workers of their intentions.”

The men traveled from Birmingham, and tell the sheriff they plan to stick around town for a few days.

Deputies questioned the union advocates at the factory.  Sheriff Oliver says union men voluntarily showed up at the sheriff’s department to talk with them some more.