New Report: Employers Are Charged With Labor Law Violations in Over 40% Of All Union Election Campaigns

While Boeing has gained headlines recently for its union-busing campaign, a new report shows that the company is far from being alone: employers are charged in almost half of all union election campaigns.

The report from the Economic Policy Institute summarizes its findings:

“Employers were charged with violating federal law in 41.5% of all NLRB-supervised union elections in 2016 and 2017, with at least one ULP charge filed in each case.

Firings. Under the most conservative measures, employers were charged with illegally firing workers in one-fifth (19.9%) of all elections. Using more comprehensive measures, employers were charged with illegally firing workers in nearly a third (29.6%) of all NLRB-supervised elections.

Coercion, threats, retaliation. In nearly a third (29.2%) of all elections, employers were charged with illegally coercing, threatening, or retaliating against workers for supporting a union.

Discipline, firings, changes in work terms. In nearly a third (29.3%) of all elections, employers were charged with illegally disciplining workers for supporting a union.

Employers were more likely to be charged with violating the law where there were larger bargaining units. More than half (54.4%) of employers in elections involving more than 60 employees (roughly 25% of elections) were charged with violating federal law.”

For the full report, visit the Economic Policy Institute here.

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