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FAQ: What is an LM-20 and why does it matter to workers?
Want to know more (or something) about LM-20s? You've come to the right place.
Update: OLMS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Requiring Employers to Indicate Whether They Are Federal Contractors on Form LM-10
Nearly 200 concerned citizens signed LaborLab’s petition supporting the change in Form LM-10 proposed by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, U.S. Department of Labor. Our thanks to all of you who did so.
Sysco Employees Are Being Threatened And Even Arrested
Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, advocating for better working conditions, are being threatened by Sysco management and even arrested for exercising the right to strike.
El Milagro Tortillas Spent $863,349 Intimidating Employees
In June of 2022, LaborLab reported that El Milagro Tortillas, located in Chicago, had hired anti-union “persuaders” to meet with and coerce workers. But this isn’t the first time that the company has brought in “persuaders.” According to a 2021 Form LM-10, El Milagro Tortillas brought in their hired guns before a union election petition had even been filed, which means the company is trying to snuff out a union before it’s even been formed. As it turns out, El Milagro Tortillas’ anti-worker behavior is anything but new.
SIGN HERE: "Time to rescind the OLMS Form LM-21 Special Enforcement Policy"
What is the Form LM-21? When a consultant enters a “reportable” (usually involving direct contact with workers) persuader arrangement with an employer, that persuader must file a Form LM-20 (Report of Arrangements and Agreements) within thirty days of entering this arrangement. The Form LM-20 must be filed electronically and is posted online at the Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) Public Disclosure website.
Ogletree Deakins and Captive Audience Meetings at a Philly Home Depot
A 5+ year veteran, Vince Quiles believes his store in Philly can become the first unionized Home Depot. Quiles talks with the 43-15 podcast about the power of independent unions and how to convince your coworkers not to believe the lies in captive audience meetings.
Sign here: "Union-busters should have to to disclose if they receive government contracts"
The Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) is still soliciting public comment on a proposed rule that would require employers who hire union-busting "persuaders" to disclose wether or not they are the recipients of federal government contracts.
You can comment here or simply sign our petition.
West Yellowstone is a Delaware North Company Town
Delaware North, a hospitality management company with annual revenues of $3.7 billion, fired winter tour guides in Yellowstone National Park in response to union organizing in early 2020. LaborLab’s 43-15 podcast brought on Ty Wheeler, a fired tour guide and organizer to highlight retaliation by Delaware North.
New Episode: Union-Busting in America's National Parks
When tour guides at Yellowstone National Park started unionizing to bargain for higher wages, a consistent work schedule, and better housing conditions, they were quickly fired. In this episode, we chat with Ty Wheeler, one of the terminated organizers, about what it's like working at Yellowstone, why workers wanted to unionize, and where things have gone since Delaware North, the private company managing tours, illegally fired guides following their unionization efforts.