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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 09:35 AM

19. Side note: Employers creating "fake 'union-like' committees" to address previously IGNORED concerns.

CLASSIC use of the 7 Union Busting Techniques if you read the whole piece it ends with the COMPANY being found guilty of creating the Sales Assistant Committees to convince employees they didn't NEED Unions to bargain collectively while behind closed doors they manipulated the Sales Assistants to their own agenda.


The Lawson Company petitions this court to review and set aside an order of the National Labor Relations Board, 267 N.L.R.B. No. 75 (1983), which found that Lawson had violated section 8(a)(1), (2), and (3) of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 158(a)(1), (2), and (3). The Board has cross-applied for enforcement of its order. With one modification, we grant the Board's application for enforcement.

Lawson operates about seven hundred convenience food stores in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Michigan and has its principal office in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. All of the incidents at issue occurred in northeastern Ohio, the Company's "Region Four." The unfair labor practices resulted from Lawson's attempt to disrupt the effort of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union to organize Lawson's retail sales assistants in Region Four.

On Wednesday, February 18, 1981, a sales assistant at one of Lawson's stores near Akron was murdered while on duty. The murder was widely publicized and scores of employees telephoned the Company to complain that the Company's security measures were inadequate. Many customers threatened to boycott Lawson stores until security was improved. Several stores were forced to temporarily close because employees refused to report to work.

On Friday morning, February 20, 1981, fifteen sales assistants telephoned the organizing director of the UFCW, asking that a Union organizational effort be undertaken in these stores. That evening and the next morning union organizers visited sixty stores in and around Akron. The organizers passed out authorization cards and invited the sales assistants to attend a union meeting. On Sunday, Lawson's president telephoned the Union's organization director and called his attention to a permanent injunction against solicitations on Company property. The injunction had been entered by a state court during a prior union campaign in 1977. The Company threatened to have union organizers arrested if they continued soliciting on Company property.

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