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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.
Last week, workers at Seven Seas Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based publishing company that sells licensed manga, webcomics, and light novels from Japan, formed the United Workers of Seven Seas union. The union claims Seven Seas employees and freelancers are being “overworked” and “underpaid.” But the company is refusing to voluntarily recognize the union.
Amazon held illegal captive meetings and threatened to cut wages and benefits of workers at its JFK8 facility on Staten Island if they voted to unionize, prosecutors from the National Labor Relations Board said.
Over the last couple of weeks, the following employers have brought in the union-busting industry to infringe on the right of workers to unionize:
Managers at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island illegally threatened employees with loss of benefits and withholding or reducing wages if they voted to unionize over a period of about a year prior to the union vote in April, which the union ultimately won, according to a new complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board.
“I think it’s historic,” Seth Goldstein, a pro bono attorney for the Amazon Labor Union, said regarding the NLRB complaint. “I think it’s going to reverse decades’ worth of anti-union decisions.”
Union-busting lawyers get paid thousands of dollars to help businesses run anti-union campaigns, yet they are apparently copying and pasting their talking points. This video contains clips from three anti-union speeches conducted by three separate companies - No Evil Foods, REI, and Apple. Notice a trend?
A parking company is prohibited under federal labor law from preventing nonemployee union representatives onto its property, and a Teamsters local unlawfully demonstrated an unwillingness to bargain with a construction company, National Labor Relations Board attorneys said in advice memos released Wednesday.
Not only did Activision Blizzard see a group of its employees unionize against its wishes, but the company is also being accused of acting illegally in attempting to stop that unionization by the country's top regulating agency when it comes to this area of business. On Monday, Raven Software QA developers formed the first AAA video game union in the United States, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is accusing Activision of crossing the line to try and stop it.
How nasty has Starbucks’ anti-union campaign been? So nasty that a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official says that one of the union’s few losses was so tainted by Starbucks’ illegal actions that a do-over election wouldn’t be enough to fix it. Instead, management should have to bargain with the workers as if the union won the vote to begin with.