(NLRB) Labor Board director clarifies Palermo rulings
Palermo Villa Inc. and Voces de la Frontera, the activist group advocating for some of the company’s employees, are both assessing National Labor Relations Board Milwaukee regional director Irving Gottschalk’s initial verbal rulings on complaints that the firm violated labor laws.
Today, both the company and Voces claimed degrees of victories in the case.
Gottschalk told BizTimes that he informed the parties verbally about his initial findings today. Both parties will decide next week how they will respond to those findings. Once they respond, Gottschalk will provide written rulings in the case.
Gottschalk said he found reason to believe that the company did violate the law by telling “five or six” employees that if they left their jobs to join the strikers, “they would not have jobs to come back to.”
Gottschalk said he is recommending that the company “cease and desist” from engaging in such “retaliation” and restore those employees’ jobs.
However, in the larger complaint involving about 75 employees who were dismissed, Gottschalk said he did not find evidence that the company violated the law. Gottschalk said he believes the company issued the dismissals because the company was merely complying with orders by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After an investigation, the federal agency told Palermo’s that about 75 employees did not have sufficient documentation of legal immigration status.