2/23/17 Solidarity! Quick details from The Stand: About three dozen workers at Noel Canning went on strike at 5 p.m. Monday over what they say are unfair labor practices. About a dozen men on Monday night held picket signs that read "Teamsters Local 760 on Strike?" at the company?s front gate. Local 760 says the ULPs include not allowing a union representative visit the company to attend to member grievances and other union practices, refusing to pay negotiated pension rates and signing bonuses, and discrimination against employees who wore items with the union?s logo.
From Teamsters Local 760:
THE EMPLOYEES AT NOEL CANNING HAVE VOTED TO GO ON AN UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE STRIKE
The employees represented by Teamsters Local 760 working at Noel Canning in Yakima, Washington have voted to go on strike to contest the numerous unfair labor practices committed by the company. The unfair labor practices committed by Noel Canning include:
- Failure to allow the Business Representative in the plant to inspect safety and working conditions, post notices, and investigate grievances;
- Discriminating against employees who cooperated with the National Labor Relations Board?s investigation and prosecution of the company;
- Discriminating against employees for exercising their rights under the National Labor Relations Act to wear hats and shirts with the Union Logo; and
- Refusing to pay employees negotiated pension rates and signing bonuses.
The NLRB has found merit to each of these unfair labor practice charges yet the company has refused to comply with the law even after the NLRB and Federal Courts issued Orders against the company.
Noel Canning's repeated unfair labor practices both individually and collectively has frustrated the bargaining process and must stop for good faith bargaining to succeed. The employees of Noel Canning deserve to be treated fairly and lawfully.