Thursday, June 17, 2010
Negotiations Resume Despite Charges & Counter Charges
Giant Eagle has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Local 23 of the United Food and Commercial Workers. The company alleges that Local 23 is using "unlawful tactics" including entering stores and interfering with employees as they attempt to do their job. The company also says the union is withholding relevant documentation critical to contract talks. A spokesman says the company provides ample opportunity for the union to engage workers in stores but away from the sales floor. Earlier this week, the union filed chargers with the NLRB claiming the company uses intimidation tactics. The current contract for 6,000 workers in 36 Giant Eagle stores expires June 26. Contract talks resume today.