Earlier this year, Connecticut did something incredible: it became the third state in the U.S. to ban captive audience meetings. Now, the Chamber of Commerce is taking the state to court.
A captive audience meeting is a mandatory meeting where workers are interrogated and subjected to threats, lies, and anti-union propaganda. According to one study, the chance of employees winning a union drops dramatically when employers conduct captive audience meetings.
No wonder the Chamber of Commerce and its corporate funders are desperate to reverse Connecticut's pro-worker agenda!
The corporate assault on worker rights and dignity is not isolated to Connecticut, by the way.
In April, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum to all Field offices announcing that she will ask the Board to find mandatory meetings in which employees are forced to listen to employer speech concerning the exercise of their statutory labor rights, including captive audience meetings, a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Almost immediately, a group of staffing agencies sued Abruzzo in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
There is no question that captive audience meetings are coercive (and should be banned). That's why we stand with the people of Connecticut and General Counsel Abruzzo as they try to reign in the union-busting industry, which regularly violates the law.
Published November 4, 2022