Monday, April 02, 2007

CR unfair to labor.

Cafeteria Workers at College of the Redwoods talked about organizing this last fall. They had been talking and began signing authorization cards for union representation. One of the leaders of the organizing drive was questioned about his activity in handing out informational leaflets. He was subsequently fired/laid off/terminated.

I filed unfair labor charges last October on behalf of the person as an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World Industrial Workers of the World One Big Union! with Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) who deals with cases pertaining the Public Employment sector. It serves almost the same capacity as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) NLRB :: National Labor Relations Board in protecting workers rights to organize without fear of reprisal. I had filed many NLRB charges in the past and thought the processes were pretty similar in processing. I was wrong, and had to re-file the same charge in December due to procedural problems. I had some help from Operating Engineer local 3 representatives who provided counsel to walk me through the PERB process.

Here it is now April and we have still have not received a clear decision. Over 6 months later I have received notice to have further documented proof of the charge, and have it done by April 5th! And people wonder why it is so hard to organize sometimes. Looks like I will have to hustle to make this deadline in between my work.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you need to spend less time blogging and chasing down hot dogs.

mresquan said...

Richard,I'd like for us to meet ASAP with Andrew and Angie.This whole process has been nuts.Every time I make contact with the labor board they direct me back to you since you now poses that paperwork.They are totally running us in circles here.I'll call you later this afternoon.Hey,let's meet with Hank and bring him up to speed on everything you've been dealing with here.

samoasoftball said...

Mark: I have put in a few calls to the PERB asking for an extension to update the charges. Call me for update. It is BS that a verdict has not been reached in over a half of year.

Steve O. x344543 said...

Fellow Worker:

You are not alone. One benefit of belonging to a union is that the union is there to help you through these things. Give us a call or contact us.

http://bayarea.iww.org/

samoasoftball said...

Steve: I amended the charges I originally filed in Dec. Hopefully a hearing will be held in the near future.