A union filed an unfair labor practice complaint Tuesday against the Ashland Food Co-op at the request of employees working to unionize the store.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which some employees are trying to join, filed the charges with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of the pro-union workers at the co-op.
“There was a series of events that led union supporters to ultimately make the decision,” said Anne Dietz, a UFCW representative. “As far as unfair labor practices go, they decided that management had hit the point of no return.”
Although the official report filed with the NLRB won’t become available to the public until today, Dietz said “instances of surveillance and intimidation through coercion” were among the allegations in the filing.
She said UFCW representatives received reports of co-op managers monitoring pro-union employees’ Facebook pages, pulling employees aside to question them about their commitment to the union and asking them to sign an anti-union petition.