National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 32 has ordered a rerun of the 2010 union decertification at the Oregon Street Berkeley Bowl store. The board found that the employer had engaged in so much “alleged objectionable conduct” that it had no choice but to order that the June election be nullified.
The board authored a settlement agreement that included a posting requiring the company to cease and desist from punishing its employees for participating in union activities and demanded that it create an atmosphere appropriate for a new election. The settlement agreement resolves four charges filed by the union, and more are pending.
Local 5 President Ron Lind credited the perseverance of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) members employed at Berkeley Bowl for the victory,
Lind stated at a recent strategy meeting held in Berkeley: “Our members have seen this employer throw every dirty trick in the book at them, and they still have the wherewithal to keep fighting – it is amazing and gratifying to see. The boss used the services of high-priced lawyers and even brought in the Chair of the Oregon State Republican Party, labor consultant Bob Tiernan, to try to break the members. The members will not be broken, they will prevail.”
The election for the right of employees to have a union at the Berkeley Bowl will be held in the near future. The workers, UFCW Local 5, other Berkeley unions and the community are working to make sure the union wins at Berkeley Bowl.