From labor disputes cases to labor and employment publications, for your research, you’ll find solutions on Bloomberg Law®. Protect your clients by developing strategies based on Litigation...
Sept. 15 — Contract food service workers at Intel Corp.'s Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters approved UNITE HERE to be their collective bargaining representative, according to a National Labor Relations Board regional office.
The cafeteria workers, employed by Charlotte, N.C.-based Eurest, Sept. 14 voted 31-12 for UNITE HERE Local 19, according to NLRB Region 32.
The winning bid comes after Eurest became the latest food service contractor at the technology company’s corporate campus in March.
Eurest replaced Guckenheimer Enterprises Inc., which in November 2014 hired all new workers instead of the existing union-represented ones employed by a former food service contractor.
The NLRB election also comes after Local 19 filed unfair labor practice charges with the federal agency against Eurest on May 23, in addition to requesting the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to take enforcement actions against the food service contractor, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg BNA then.
The documents accused Eurest officials of rescinding wage promises, disciplining workers for trying to organize and violating Cal/OSHA regulations regarding bathroom breaks.
Eurest “complies with all applicable labor and employment laws,” Lore Postman, a spokeswoman for Compass Group North America, said in a written statement May 23. Eurest is a division of Compass Group North America.
The company in a written statement to Bloomberg BNA Sept. 15 said it has always “respected the legal right of its employees to make an informed decision concerning whether or not to be represented by a third party in matters concerning their terms & conditions of employment.” The statement added that Eurest is looking forward to reaching a labor contract that is a “mutually acceptable agreement.”
The sides reached a conformed settlement agreement regarding the unfair labor practice charges Aug. 31, according to the NLRB website.
Local 19’s efforts to organize the workers also included attempts to have Intel executives help with organizing Eurest employees. Intel officials have told Bloomberg BNA the company doesn’t get involved in contractor employee relations.
Since Intel’s cafeteria workers started organizing themselves in January, they have attained some job protections, 20 percent raises in pay and free individual health care, the union said in a written statement Sept. 14.
The NLRB election adds to the improvements, Monica Moreno, an Intel cafeteria cashier said in a written statement to Bloomberg BNA.
“It’s so important that we won the union vote today because now we end the fear of not having enough money to live,” she said in the statement.
Wages were one of the main reasons Intel’s contract cafeteria workers were seeking to organize, Local 19 officials said in January.
The union at the time also provided details on its survey of workers, which concluded the median hourly wage of workers was $14.50 an hour, which meant many workers couldn’t afford to live close to their job in the high cost-of-living area.
To contact the reporter on this story: Tyrone Richardson in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan J. McGolrick at email@example.com
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)