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An episode of 43-15 you're not going to want to miss
Maybe you missed it, but 43-15 podcast co-host Jon Reynolds had a fascinating email exchange with Mom's Organic Market CEO Scott Nash last month. You can read all about it here.
This Wyoming Explosives Company is Union-Busting and Lying to Employees
Many, if not most, American workers are subjected to employer assaults on their right to unionize and freedom of association even before they petition to form a union. That’s exactly what’s happening to employees in Cheyenne, Wyoming who work for Dyno Nobel, an explosives company. An employer-side letter obtained by LaborLab documents lies, threats, and coercion on the part of Dyno Nobel’s management team in an effort to dissuade workers from even thinking about forming a union. The letter, which was sent to all employees, is also full of inaccuracies.
UPS is paying union-busters $2,625 a day in lead up to contract negotiations
As UPS drivers deal with unprecedented temperatures, lack of air conditioning, and being told by management to simply drink more water and eat watermelon, their employer is shelling out $2,625 a day (plus expenses) to anti-union consultants.
Data Shows Anti-Union Consultants Violate the Law 82% of the Time
How much money are US employers spending on reporting agreements or arrangements with persuader consultants? Given the fact that such reportable transactions must, by law, be reported on a publicly-available form available on the US Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards Online Public Disclosure Room, this should be an easy question to answer. While the persuader consultant must report the existence of such a reportable arrangement within 30 days and file publicly available Form LM-20, the employer files an LM-10 report by 90 days after the close of their fiscal year. The LMRDA, OLMS regulations and even the Form LM-10 and LM-20 instructions make it perfectly clear that if an LM-20 is filed, the employer is obligated to file an LM-10.
Mom's Organic Market CEO: Unions "Suck," But We're The "Most" Pro-Worker
The following report is from Jon Reynolds. Reynolds is a freelance writer and organizer. His work can be found in publications such as the Asheville Free Press, Industrial Worker, and Facing South. He also hosts the 43-15 podcast with Meagan Sullivan.
On July 23, I emailed Scott Nash, the CEO of Mom's Organic Market, about his stores carrying products by my former employer, No Evil Foods.
One of Pfizer's Union-Busters Has Violated the Law
Back in June, LaborLab broke the news that Pfizer has hired an army of union-busters. Since then, we've continued to track Pfizer's anti-worker campaign.
🧵 Camarena Health Hired Union-Busters in July
In July, Camera Health, located near Fresno, California, hired a team of union-busters. Here are the details:
Texas Staffing Agencies Sue To Keep Forcing Workers Into Captive Audience Meetings
In April, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a legal memo saying captive audience meetings are inherently coercive. As such, employees should not be required to attend such meetings. Now, a group of staffing agencies are suing Abruzzo in US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Amy's Kitchen is escalating its union-busting campaign in California
Earlier this year, LaborLab broke the news that Amy's Kitchen, which markets itself as a progressive brand, had hired union-busters to conduct captive audience meetings in California. Now, the frozen food giant is escalating their anti-worker campaign by shutting down a plant in retaliation against workers exercising their right to form a union.