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NLRB forces bakery to rehire workers, pay back wages

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Omaha, Nebraska-based Skinner Bakery will rehire six workers and pay more than $112,000 in back pay at its Paris, Texas, facility following a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling.

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Inter-national Union Local 111 filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the NLRB after the bakery refused to allow union representatives in the plant to speak with workers.

The union also alleged a laundry list of unfair labor practices:

  • Interrogating employees about their own and other employees’ support for the union
  • Requiring employees to get permission to visit the facility when off duty
  • Threatening reprisal if employees protested a manager’s actions
  • Disciplining, suspending and firing employees for supporting the union or joining together with other employees to improve their working conditions.

All are violations of the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees employees the right to discuss workplace conditions and pay issues.

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