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NYC hotel employees file union complaint (Read More…)

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Three employees of a New York City Marriott hotel have filed multiple complaints with the National Labor Relations Board against their employer and organizers of New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council Local 6 Union.

They are alleging that the organizers verbally abused Marriott workers and spied on them in changing rooms after obtaining permission by the company.

The three Courtyard Marriott employees filed the charges Jan. 12 with the National Labor Relations Board regional office in New York City. The employees were provided with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation.

According to the complaint of Laura Rodriguez, she and her co-workers “have themselves engaged in protected, concerted activity by opposing union representation in their workplace. As a result of their desire to oppose the union, union representatives have subjected charging party and other co-Workers to systematic harassment, including but not limited to: video surveillance in changing room areas, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, accessing employee lockers, handling employees’ personal possessions, lodging false allegations with the employer concerning dealings with workers who do not support the union. The false allegations have led to illegal employee interrogation and discipline by the employer of the employees who have opposed the organizing campaign.”

Rodriguez specifies in her complaint that “on or around December 15, 2011, representatives of the Union stealthily approached her “while she was changing out of her uniform into street clothes in an employee changing area.” The union representatives then took pictures of her “in various stages of undress.”

When Ms. Rodriguez objected to the union agents’ presence in the changing area and taking pictures, the union representatives told her, “We are allowed to be here.”

The NRWF said in a written statement that union organizers had arranged with hotel management for unfettered access to the employees in order to install a union in the workplace. The workers unanimously signed a petition showing that they do not support the union’s presence in the workplace. Moreover, company and union officials retaliated against workers expressing their right to refrain from union affiliation.

Obama defies lawmakers with recess appointments to NLRB (Read More…)

By Kevin Bogardus - 01/04/12

President Obama will recess-appoint his nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), bypassing a likely filibuster from Senate Republicans to keep the controversial agency operating in 2012.

The president will use recess appointments to install Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence Flynn as NLRB members. Block and Griffin are Democrats, while Flynn is a Republican.

“The American people deserve to have qualified public servants fighting for them every day — whether it is to enforce new consumer protections or uphold the rights of working Americans,” Obama said in a statement. “We can’t wait to act to strengthen the economy and restore security for our middle class and those trying to get in it, and that’s why I am proud to appoint these fine individuals to get to work for the American people.”

The NLRB announcement came a few hours after the president made a public show of another recess appointment, for Richard Cordray, the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans reacted with fury to that appointment, which the White House promptly ignored by making three more.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted the president’s decision and said he is stripping the Senate of its oversight powers, since the NLRB nominees had not been vetted in a hearing.

“What the President did today sets a terrible precedent that could allow any future President to completely cut the Senate out of the confirmation process, appointing his nominees immediately after sending their names up to Congress,” McConnell said in a statement.

The NLRB appointments are a huge victory for Obama’s union allies, which urged the president to use any means necessary to keep the NLRB functioning. Without additional members, the NLRB would have lacked the three-member quorum needed to issue rules and regulations.

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