The Fort Worth Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that James Skinner Baking Company (Employer) agreed to a settlement that includes reinstatement of six employees and payment of back pay totaling more than $112,000. The agreement also grants Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Local 111 (Union) access to its facility to communicate with employees and posting and reading a NLRB Notice to employees about their statutory rights at its Paris, Texas facility in response to a complaint filed by the NLRB, Region 16 Office in Fort Worth. The Employer is a wholesale production baking company with headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Union filed unfair labor practice charges alleging the Employer unlawfully:
- Interrogated employees about their own and other employees’ support for the Union,
- Promised employees better benefits in order to discourage them from supporting the Union,
- Implemented a new rule that employees must get permission to visit the facility when off duty,
- Threatened employees with discharge, layoff, loss of benefits, and other unspecified reprisals if they engaged in activities with other employees to protest actions by their manager,
- And disciplined suspended, and fired employees because of their support for the Union and/or their joining together with other employees to improve their working conditions.
The Employer agreed to remedy the alleged unlawful conduct. It and the Union are currently engaged in negotiating a collective bargaining agreement following the Union’s successful organizing campaign in late 2014.