Friday, January 20th, 2017

Settlement ends long-running dispute involving immigrant workers at New York food wholesaler

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"A kosher food product wholesaler in New York has agreed to settle a long-running NLRB case by paying $186,000 to former employees who lost their jobs in the midst of a union organizing campaign.

The settlement culminates a lengthy effort by the NLRB to enforce an order that Flaum Appetizing Corp. provide backpay to 17 former employees who were unlawfully discharged following a two-day strike. Flaum contended it did not have to pay because the employees were undocumented immigrants.

A decision in the case was issued by an Administrative Law Judge in February 2008, and upheld by the Board on appeal in June 2009. It found that the company committed multiple violations of federal labor law by alternately threatening and making promises to employees to discourage them from supporting the Industrial Workers of the World. The employer then unlawfully refused to