Unfortunately this has to be done by executive order not out of logic or common sense, to protect people. The law requires contractors to disclose all labor violations. Read UFCW President Joe Hansen's comments here.
"For more than two years, UFCW members have spoken out with a simple and compelling message: safe line speeds mean safe workers. With today’s publication of an improved poultry modernization rule, it is clear that the voices of UFCW members were heard loud and clear." UFCW President Joe Hansen
This week, UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU Locals throughout Region 1 participated in a day of action on July 22, 2014 to support
the eight unlawfully fired workers returning to work at Mrs. Green’s Natural
Market.The eight workers were leading
union supporters in a closely contested union election in May 2013.
Afterwards, Mrs. Green’s was federally charged
for intimidating and interrogating employees.The charges were settled after Mrs. Green’s agreed to create a safe,
intimidation free atmosphere, and post a federally issued notice on workers’
right to organize. In January 2014 the eight
workers were unlawfully fired for “poor job performance”.The workers had over 60 years combined
experience, some of them worked at the store for over 13 years. Local 1500 filed more charges, alleging the
firings were in retaliation for their union support.Workers
had been on a picket line in front of the store for over six months until the
company settled and agreed to return the workers with back pay, days before a
federal hearing on July 24, 2014.The
day of action commemorated the workers’ victory, fighting back against a
returning to work with the same fears we had in November, when we faced
intimidation and threats before we were ultimately fired.We still need protection at work and we still
need your support. The last time we
worked inside the store, Mrs. Green’s illegal treatment of us led to the most
difficult times in our lives, so thank you all for your support!” said Yesica
Mendez, one of the eight unlawfully fired workers who returned to work on July
After being federally charged by a NLRB Regional Director with
unlawfully terminating 8 employees in January 2014 for "supporting a
union," the Union has settled with Mrs. Green's, after agreeing to
rehire workers with back-pay
United Food and Commercial
Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1500 announced it has assisted eight
unlawfully fired workers from Mrs. Green's in getting their jobs back
with back-pay, after a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations
Board charged Mrs. Green's Natural Market with unlawfully terminating
them because "they supported the Union."
"Mrs. Green's did everything possible to avoid unionization,
including firing eight longtime workers who gave a combined over 50
years of service to the company," said UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce
W. Both. "We joined the brave workers, along with the Mt. Kisco
community, on a picket line in January, fighting for what we all
deserve, respect at work, and today justice prevailed."
The settlement between the union and company comes days before a NLRB
hearing in which Mrs. Green's faced federal charges for unlawfully
threatening and intimidating workers, and ultimately firing workers who
supported Local 1500.
"Our fight has been long, but it is not over," said David Ramirez, an
unlawfully fired worker who worked at Mrs. Green's for nearly 10 years,
"We ultimately want and need protection at work, so we and all our
coworkers don't have to work in fear that if we ever stand up for our
basic rights, we will be fired and on a picket line for 6 months,
fighting for what we all should be guaranteed at work. Nobody in this
country deserves that."
Union President Bruce W. Both, noted that, although the settlement
has put workers back to work, their struggle is far from over. "In
November 2013, Mrs. Green's agreed to cease their anti-union conduct,
promising to provide a safe, intimidation-free work environment for the
workers. We all witnessed how Mrs. Green's took that responsibility;
they illegally fired eight loyal longtime workers and put them on the
streets during a frigid winter, fighting for their jobs back. Now,
we're here, 6-months later, and nothing has changed; the workers are
still fighting for the protection on the job they need, want and
For months, the Union urged the company to reinstate all unlawfully
fired workers and to spare the workers and community the expense and
strain of a hearing. The evidence that Mrs. Green's acted in violation
of the law was overwhelming and the NLRB Regional Director found that
these workers were not fired for their job performance but simply for
standing up for their basic rights at work. The Union also extended
their appreciation to the Mt. Kisco community along with the politicians
who stood with the unlawfully fired workers during their struggle.
When asked about returning to work, Ramirez said, "We're happy to
return to serve the community that stood with us during our struggle.
We want respect, protection and security at work once we return."
“In today's Harris v. Quinn ruling, the anti-worker Supreme Court sided with those who want to deprive employees of any ability to collectively bargain with their employers. This decision primarily affects home health care workers, but sets a terrible precedent for other Americans seeking a voice on the job.
“This is the Supreme Court's latest attack on the foundation of our democracy. From weakening the Voting Rights Act to allowing unfettered corporate money in politics, the conservative justices are all too willing to do the bidding of anti-worker special interests. Workers and unions will respond to this latest attack as we always have—by redoubling our efforts to bring a voice on the job and fair wages and working conditions to all Americans.”
Just as President Both pointed out in his June column,
NYTimes Editorialist Timothy Egan notes that Washington has stopped
trying to help the majority of Americans who need it, and a solution
could easily come from our largest employer.