Tuesday, June 07, 2011
NATCA Settles Grievance over Threats Made to Union Rep
NATCA settled a grievance in the ARC unit involving the misconduct of a manager who was hostile and made threats to the principle representative, and also threatened to remove work from bargaining unit employees because grievances were filed or were threatened to be filed. NATCA argued that the statements constituted threats and were intended to discourage union activity. After the grievance was filed, the manager, in settlement, sent a letter to the ARC principal rep wherein he indicated that he regretted what had occurred and promised to have a professional and collaborative relationship with the union in the future.
NATCA Files ULP and Requests Injunctive Relief over Midwest's Unilateral Change in Health Insurance
NATCA filed a ULP against Midwest, Inc., with the National Labor Relations Board. NATCA alleges that Midwest has unilaterally imposed a new health care plan without proper notice and bargaining, has refused to provide pertinent requested information, and has engaged in bad faith and/or surface bargaining. Midwest gave NATCA less than one month’s notice of its intent to implement a new health care plan, has refused to provide pertinent information necessary for negotiations, and refuses to budge off of their initial position that we accept their initial proposal without modification. Midwest also notified BUEs of the plan and solicited enrollment prior to any negotiations with NATCA. Midwest implemented the new plan on June 1. NATCA alleged that all of these actions violated Sections 8(a)(5) and (1) of the Act and also requested 10(j) injunctive relief.