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The Steward: A Union-Busting Watchdog Blog
What is a captive audience meeting?
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 a whopping 36% when employers conduct captive audience meetings.
St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho is Union-Busting
St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho has hired three union-busters to conduct captive audience meetings in an effort to prevent workers from organizing with National Nurses United.
Penn Power Group Has Hired Union-Busters
Penn Power Group, headquartered in Philadelphia, has hired union-busters: Joe Brock, Peter List, and Simon Jara.
Sysco is running an aggressive union-busting campaign in LouisvilleSysco is running an aggressive union-busting campaign in Louisville, KY. Union-busters Raymond Rosenbach, Timothy Lewis, Alan Ashe, and David Rittof are all working to defeat workers organizing with Teamsters 89.
This Restaurant in Chicago is Conducting Captive Audience Meetings
LRI Consulting Services, located in Oklahoma, has been hired to manage a union-busting campaign on behalf of El Milagro in Chicago, IL. LRI Consulting has brought on Evelyn Fragoso & Gustavo Flores to conduct captive audience meetings.
Union-Buster Mike Penn Hired in Colorado and Illinois
Union-buster Mike Penn, partner at The Crossroads Group, has been hired by two employers: Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets in Colorado and Ecolab in Illinois. Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc. is located in Lakewood, CO and Ecolab, Inc. is located in Highland Park, IL. Workers at both locations are organizing with UFCW.
DOL REPORT: Combatting Retaliation Against Workers Through Robust Enforcement
All workers have a right to speak out at work against unfair or unsafe practices. And if they face retaliation from their employers, we’re here to protect them by enforcing the law. In fact, the successful enforcement of our laws depends on all workers knowing that when they choose to speak out at work, the Department of Labor and other government agencies will protect them from retaliation. That's why combatting retaliation through robust enforcement is one of my top priorities as Solicitor of Labor—and why we’re ramping up our enforcement efforts across the department.