Groundbreaking Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by the IWW Freshii Workers Union may redefine what it means to organize at a franchise

freshii_picketGroundbreaking Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by the IWW Freshii Workers Union may redefine what it means to organize at a franchise.

In the past few months, union members have been working hard to compile evidence and prepare arguments in order to secure a hearing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the reinstatement of workers subject to illegal retaliation by Freshii union busters.

The IWW Freshii Workers Union was formed last summer when workers at the 200 w Randolph location marched on their boss and demanded full reimbursement for all unpaid wages, an end to illegal alteration of paychecks, and formal recognition of their decision to secure union representation under the banner of the Chicago Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

The power of collective action almost immediately resulted in the repayment of stolen wages, but the fight for union recognition waged on as Freshii desperately fought worker organization at all costs.

Freshii punished supporters of the union with firings, retroactive pay cuts, and desolate hours — abusive actions which led to the filing of multiple Unfair Labor Practice Charges, or ULPs, against the company.

The NLRB has already determined that these ULPs have merit or, in other words, they have confirmed that there is sufficient evidence corroborating the charges.

Our argument for the joint-employer status of the Freshii corporation and the shop where the union was born has the potential to set new legal precedent and open the door for union organization at franchises without previously debilitating red tape.

We hope that this case reminds workers that no workplace is “un-organizable” and inspires all workers to fight against abuses in their workplace – whether it be small, large, corporate, or franchised.

Legal proceedings, however, are only one front in the battle for recognition, so be sure to follow the IWW Freshii Workers Union Facebook Page for developments in this innovating Unfair Labor Practice case, as well as for ongoing organizing updates directly from the shop floor.

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One thought on “Groundbreaking Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by the IWW Freshii Workers Union may redefine what it means to organize at a franchise

  1. Congratulations. It would be great if socially-conscious people would take a semester or two off from college or another low-paying job (or even a high paying job) to help chip in with this campaign. Union efforts in the 30s had it seemed an unlimited army of people willing to flock into workplaces to unionize them. We need that passion today. And, of course, this is just a step to what we really want—the working class’ takeover of food production and distribution.

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