In regards to the Kroger Company refusing to sign the December tentative agreement (TA), your Union has asked the NLRB for an immediate injunction based on the Company reaching a TA, drafting the Memorandum of Agreement and the TA, sending it to the Union, and then not signing it, based on the Company not getting their way on permissive & non mandatory subjects. That is illegal! As we informed you previously, we have filed a new charge with the Labor Board.
Your Union will also appeal the NLRB Regional Director’s dismissal of the August 2020 impasse charge to the NLRB General Counsel in Washington, D.C. The Kroger company is guilty of several bad faith bargaining activities which need to be viewed as the background for the impasse claim they forced on you. For example: the Company blocked the insurance enrollment on computers; told Union members to withdraw their Union membership; refused to furnish timely bargaining information; and, cut off your Union dues in an attempt to choke the Local out. It becomes clear that they have not negotiated in good faith and that is why an appeal must be filed!!
The NLRB Regional Director issued a complaint on the following Kroger Unfair Labor Practices, but the Company is claiming they followed the law? Here are the facts that Kroger has not shared with you:
FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION REQUESTED FOR BARGAINING – COMPLAINT ISSUED AND DID NOT FOLLOW THE LAW
SHUT OFF DUES – COMPLAINT ISSUED AND DID NOT FOLLOW THE LAW
COERCING EMPLOYEES INTO DROPPING THEIR UNION MEMBERSHIP – COMPLAINT ISSUED AND DID NOT FOLLOW THE LAW
UNLAWFULLY BLOCKING COMPUTER ACCESS TO THE HEALTH & WELFARE ENROLLMENT PORTAL –COMPLAINT ISSUED AND DID NOT FOLLOW THE LAW
These are the charges that the Labor Board has sided with the Union on and charging Kroger with breaking the law!
Ask the Company this?
- What meaningful discussions is the company referring to in their last update?
- Is that what the Company calls “meaningful discussions” when they depart from their LBF, bargain and draft a Tentative Agreement, send it to the Union to sign; and then refuse to sign it themselves?
- What are the outstanding issues the Company is referring to in order to reach an agreement?
REMINDER: Your Union and the Company reached a Tentative Agreement on 12/18/21,however the Company now refuses to sign it. As a result, there have been more ULP’S filed.
Let’s get ready to defend your Union contract and stand by for next steps!
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