The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that Dresser-Rand Co., located near Corning, N.Y., violated the National Labor Relations Act when it reinstated workers who crossed the picket line before it hired back those who stayed on strike during labor unrest at the plant.
The NLRB ruled the compressor and turbine manufacturer should have bargained with the union over who to reinstate first.
The company also drew NLRB ire when it fired a striker who referred to those who crossed picket lines as “scabs” during a factory meeting. Dresser-Rand’s move to deny accrued vacation time for certain strikers also ran afoul of the law, according to the board’s decision.
Advice: When facing a work stoppage by your employees’ union, consult an experienced labor-relations attorney. You need to understand all the issues that could arise before, during and after a strike.
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