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NLRB: Hair salon must cut out anti-union activities

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed unfair labor practices charges against Edina-based Regis Corp., which operates hair salons nationwide under the Regis Salons, Cost Cutters, Supercuts, MasterCuts and other brands.

The NLRB alleges that the company’s CEO intimidated employees into signing a pledge not to join a union. The board has been mulling charges against Regis for months, and finally acted in November. (See “Regis CEO’s pre-emptive labor move may have been illegal.”)

The NLRB alleges that CEO Paul Finkelstein circulated a DVD to employees, saying that employees who supported union membership would be blacklisted within the hair styling industry. It also alleges that a district manager told workers they could lose their jobs if they refused to sign the pledge.

Intimidation complaints from employees from Minnesota, Indiana and New York prompted the charges. A hearing on the case has yet to be scheduled.

In the meantime, however, the NLRB did suggest how Regis could avoid further board action: It wants Finkelstein to appear on another DVD reading a NLRB notice regarding employees’ rights to organize.

Note: The National Labor Relations Act limits what employers may do to avoid unionization. Rather than threatening employees, employers are better off simply presenting their side of the argument and letting workers decide.

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