SEIU Settles With NLRB, Must Post Notice That It Will Not ‘Restrain or Coerce’ Sodexo Employees Who Choose Not to Participate in Union Activity at Morehouse College
SEIU Demonstrators Also Cannot Block Employee and Student Access to Campus
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Service Employees International Union SEIU agreed in a December settlement with the National Labor Relations Board NLRB Regional Office in Atlanta that it will stop trying to prevent workers who do not support its activities from coming to work at Morehouse College dining venues operated by Sodexo.
As part of the settlement with the NLRB, the SEIU must post a notice that states it will not “restrain or coerce” employees “in the exercise of the rights guaranteed” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, including the right to “choose not to engage” in union activities.
Sodexo filed charges with the NLRB after an SEIU-led demonstration involving a handful of the companys 127 employees at the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta on October 6, 2010. During the demonstration, several Sodexo employees who chose not to participate in the demonstration said SEIU organizers and supporters tried to prevent them from coming to work at the dining venues on campus.
Sodexo has a zero tolerance policy concerning discrimination, harassment or retaliation of any kind, including actions against any employee for engaging in union organizing activities or otherwise supporting a union.
The settlement with the NLRB Regional Office requires the SEIU to post notices affirming the rights of Sodexo employees, including the right to not participate in union activities, for 60 days at locations visible to the employees. Sodexo also will post notice of the settlement on its own employee bulletin boards.