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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.
Pfizer is paying union-busters $200 an hour
Earlier this month, LaborLab discovered that Pfizer has hired an army of union-busters to persuade workers against starting a union.
Keurig Dr Pepper in Grand Rapids, Michigan hires union-busting consultant
According to records filed with the U.S. Department of Labor on July 8 and reviewed by LaborLab, Keurig Dr Pepper based in Grand Rapids, Michigan has hired a union-busting consulting firm (Flores Labor Relations Inc.) to conduct captive audience meetings with workers attempting to exercise their legally protected right to unionize.
Portillo's in Chicago Union-Busted (And Got Away With It)
Portillo's hotdogs in Chicago is generally beloved, which is what makes the following news so depressing.
VIDEO: Union-Busters Instruct "Progressive" Companies to Fight Unions
In March 2022, Foley & Lardner LLP uploaded a presentation to YouTube which was, in part, about how unions are "going after" progressive companies. According to Michael Ryan, one of the speakers, unions are doing this by using social media to spotlight the "progressive" companies fighting unionization and highlighting how this is contradictory to their values and themes. "That's not necessarily true," Ryan says.
BREAKING: Pfizer has hired an army of union-busters
According to Department of Labor filings reviewed by LaborLab, Pfizer has hired Labor Relation Institute (LRI) Consulting to "persuade" workers against forming a union. Only certain activities must be reported to the Department of Labor, so it's likely Pfizer is conducting captive audience meetings. A captive audience meeting is a mandatory meeting where workers are interrogated and subjected to threats, lies, and anti-union propaganda.
Ask this before you start celebrating these corporations
Many megacorporations are receiving attention for covering travel costs associated with an employee's abortion. However, not many people are asking if these same megacorporations also offer paid parental leave, paid sick leave, and full family health insurance to all employees.
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The CEO of No Evil Foods now says they "just didn't know" they were union busting
The CEO of No Evil Foods is now making the remarkable claim that NEF "just didn't know" they were union busting. In a June 2022 interview, Sadrah Schadel, co-founder and CEO, told the Evolve CPG podcast:
"We held meetings from our perspective to educate and share the pros and cons of what unionization might mean for our company at this stage of our growth. Later we learned that's termed 'union busting' and it's really frowned upon but we just didn't know. It's kinda crazy to look back on now."