Bodega Latina, a prominent California-based Latino grocery market chain, has come under scrutiny for its alleged involvement in anti-union activities. The company recently entered into an agreement with Flores Labor Relations Inc., a firm known for its anti-union practices, raising concerns about fair labor practices and workers' rights.
Flores Labor Relations Inc. has notified the U.S. Department of Labor about the agreement, as required by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). However, the filing by Flores Labor Relations Inc., led by Carlos Flores, a known anti-union advocate, arrived 149 days beyond the 30-day deadline stipulated by the LMRDA.
In addition to the late filing, it has been discovered that Carlos Flores has assembled a team of anti-union "persuaders" to oppose unionization efforts. Pat Omara, Gus Flores, and Elizabeth Hernandez have been recruited by Carlos Flores to actively work against the union and suppress employee organizing efforts.
The untimely filing by Flores Labor Relations Inc. has raised concerns as it may impede workers' ability to make informed decisions regarding their collective bargaining rights. The timely filing of paperwork is crucial under the LMRDA to provide workers with the necessary information to exercise their voice and cast their votes on union-related matters.
This incident highlights the ongoing challenges faced by workers in their pursuit of fair representation and protection of their rights. As labor rights advocates continue to combat unfair practices, it is imperative for employers to respect their employees' rights and foster transparent working environments.
Published May 22, 2023