Janitors working in Miami’s Bayside Mall joined with workers from five states to fight the coercive anti-union tactics of General Growth Properties (GGP) and two of its cleaning contractors. The National Labor Relations Board has sought a rare 10(j) injunction—a federal court order reserved for cases of egregious violations of workers’ civil rights—against the companies.

The injunction charges GGP, the Millard Group and Service Management Systems with firing employees or threatening to contact police if they supported the union. The workers also allege that GGP tried to undermine their union movement by promising 11th-hour wage hikes and benefits in August.

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