According to filings reviewed by LaborLab, Kenneth Cannon failed to submit required paperwork to Department of Labor while union-busting for Sysco foods in Mankato, Brainerd, and Alexandria, Minnesota.
Under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), anti-union consultants must file a Form LM-20 report with the Department of Labor 30 days of being hired by an anti-union employer for the purposes of meeting directly with organizing employees. The reason this reporting standard exists is because workers and the public have the right to know when union-busters are hired to directly "persuade" workers.
Kenneth Cannon, who owns Cannon Labor Relations in Cooleyville, TX, began his anti-union work for Sysco on June 21, 2021, which means under the LMRDA, he should have submitted paperwork to the Department of Labor by mid-July, 2021. However, Cannon didn't file the required paperwork until March of 2022.
Unfortunately, the LMRDA does not provide any civil penalties for late filings. The Office of Labor-Management Services does have the authority to bring a civil action to compel a filing. Additionally, the LMRDA provides criminal penalties for a willful failure to file if prosecuted.
The workers targeted by Cannon were organizing with Teamsters Local 120.
Cannon is estimated to make more than $100,000 a year busting unions.
This report was published on March 22, 2022
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