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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 05:36 PM
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Federal judge orders Central Coast landscaper to rehire employees, bargain with union
Source: NLRB

A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Jason Lopezs Planet Earth, a landscaping company based in Nipomo, California, to offer interim reinstatement to two employees who were laid-off after seeking to organize a union, filing complaints, and offering testimony to the National Labor Relations Board.

In issuing the temporary injunction, Judge R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California also ordered the employer to bargain with the Laborers Pacific Southwest Regional Organizing Coalition, and refrain from threatening, interrogating or otherwise interfering with employees in response to their activity on behalf of the union.

Based on the employers repeated delay in paying wages, the employees began a campaign to organize their facility in January 2010. The Union filed a representation petition with Region 31 in May 2010. On September 17, 2010, the Board conducted the representation election, which the Union won. Immediately after the election, the employer discharged the main Union proponent. On the following Monday, the employer laid-off the second employee.

Following an investigation, the region issued a complaint alleging that the employer refused to bargain with the Union and laid-off, interrogated, threatened, promised benefits, and granted benefits in response to the Union organizing campaign. The underlying case was recently heard by NLRB Administrative Law Judge Gerald Etchingham, whose decision is now pending. The federal order will remain in place until the Boards administrative processes are complete.

Attorney Juan Carlos Ochoa Diaz, along with Regional Attorney Mori Rubin and Deputy Regional Attorney Brian Gee, litigated the case on behalf of Petitioner James J. McDermott, Regional Director, on behalf of the National Labor Relations Board.



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PETRUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 05:58 PM
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1. Good.
We might see more news like this if the NLRB was fully funded (As far as I know, Reagan was the first to seriously undermine their finances)

According to economist John Schmitt and research associate Ben Zipperer, "in the 2000s workers were illegally fired in over 1-in-4 (26 percent) of union election campaigns." The NLRB cannot keep up with the caseload.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 06:38 PM
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2. Recommend
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 07:43 PM
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3. Ha! I know someone named Jason Lopez
Edited on Wed Nov-16-11 07:46 PM by KamaAina
and that's close enough to here that he could be moonlighting with a landscaping sweatshop. :rofl:

edit: His wife, who I know better, is WAY pro-labor. Looks like the doghouse for him. :P
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 07:48 AM
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4. I thought there would be more comments

Fired for exercising protected activity. Reinstated. It will be appealed to keep the workers out during the appeal. Need I say more?

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