Unfair Labor Practice Hearing Scheduled in Denver

Purple communications icon 2013The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint charging Purple Communications with violating labor law at its Denver facility. The complaint involves multiple charges ranging from retaliation against union activists with closer scrutiny and discipline to failure to negotiate with the union over implementation of the 2% utilization rule and changes to the teaming policy.

The complaint also asserts that the company violated the law by ordering employees not to discuss details of their disciplinary investigation meetings with other employees and ordering them not to copy other employees on emails to management relating to terms and conditions of employment. Employees have the right to discuss all aspects of employment with other employees in the interest of understanding and improving their working conditions.

The company further broke the law, according to the complaint, when it ordered employees to remove union-related material from areas that are commonly used to display other personal items.

A hearing over the allegations was ordered to begin on April 15, but the company has asked that the start date be delayed until mid-May. (It can’t do early May because it’ll be busy defending itself against other unfair labor practice charges at a Board-ordered hearing in Phoenix starting on May 6.

Back to the Bargaining Table

After a four-month hiatus, negotiations between ASLIU and Purple Communications are set to resume March 27 at a meeting in the Bay area. The exact location for the meeting, scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m., has yet to be determined.

National Bargaining Committee:

Mary Jane Moore, Arizona: National Unit Chair Lindsey Antle, Denver: National Vice Chair
Margie Brooks, Oakland: National Vice Chair Michelle Caplette, Arizona: National Vice Chair
Martin Yost, San Diego: National Vice Chair Bruce Meachum, PMWG Representative: Chief Spokesperson




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Michael Applegate

Pacific Media Workers Executive Officer