A federal judge has ordered an Albertsons grocery store in Albuquerque, New Mexico to reinstate a longtime cashier who was suspended and then fired after talking with union organizers and recommending unionization to fellow employees.
Judge James A. Parker of the U.S. District Court for New Mexico granted the National Labor Relations Board’s request for a temporary injunction, which also prohibits store managers from threatening employees or putting them under surveillance for union activity.
Before she was fired, the cashier met with organizers from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1564 and distributed union cards to coworkers. The cashier and the union filed charges with the NLRB resident office in Albuquerque. The NLRB investigated and issued complaint alleging numerous unfair labor practices. After a hearing, Administrative Law Judge William Schmidt issued a decision that found the suspension and firing and certain other actions by store managers were unlawful.
The injunction seeks to restore the rights of all employees to engage in union activities while the case continues through the NLRB process.