Since it was founded in December 2014, Black Lives Matter Cincinnati has become the leading voice for black liberation in the city, working to mobilize people to demand an end to police brutality, institutional racism, and other injustices.

“It’s a fight for black liberation, but it’s not a black fight,” said Brian Taylor, one of the original BLMC founders and a member of its steering committee. “Just like the fight for women’s liberation is not just a women’s fight.”

A federal judge found that Blue Ash-based AdvancePierre Foods disciplined employees in retaliation for their union activities, conducted unlawful surveillance of employee union activity, and in other ways unlawfully interfered in the rights of employees to unionize about 600 workers at its West Chester plant in 2015.

The June 27 decision by an administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board followed a six-day trial in Cincinnati. AdvancePierre was represented by attorneys from Thompson Hine LLP.

AdvancePierre–a producer and distributor of sandwich products with about 4,100 employees, all non-union, in 11 locations and $1.6 billion in net sales–is appealing the decision. The company’s July 25 appeal takes exception to all the proposed remedies and the recommended order in the judge’s decision.