NLRB finds Salem pot dispensary fired union supporters – The Boston Globe


NLRB finds Salem pot dispensary fired union supporters

The National Labor Relations Board ruled Friday that the Salem cannabis dispensary I.N.S.A illegally fired union supporters and created a hostile environment for employees. As a result, the dispensary must immediately recognize and bargain with the union, the NLRB said. Both terminated workers must also be rehired and provided back pay. The I.N.S.A case is the first to apply an NLRB standard implemented in August, which forces companies to recognize a union or file promptly for election when a majority of workers show support — a potential boost to organizing across the country. A statement from the United Food and Commercial Workers, who represent the I.N.S.A workers, said that the dispensary had surveilled employees and hosted mandatory anti-union meetings, infringing on workers to a degree that “a fair representation election could not be held.” President Fernando Lemus lauded the decision, too. “Workers at I.N.S.A. and anywhere there is labor organizing should celebrate this landmark decision,” he said. — DITI KOHLI


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