Sunday, September 02, 2007

Labor Day update

A year ago, I wrote about the lockout at the boarded-up Real Foods store on 24th St. in Noe Valley. Real Foods fired its employees and closed for "remodeling" over Labor Day 2003. That's four years keeping the store front empty and untouched.

Since then the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the corporate owner of Real Foods, Nutraceutical Corp. of Park City, Utah, committed an unfair labor practice -- firing the workers and closing the store -- in order to prevent union organizing by the employees. If the store were to reopen, the company would have to offer former employees their jobs back.

The company appealed and their lawyer says "the court may not reach a resolution for several years."

Obviously the system that is supposed to protect workers is broken. It needs complete reform if workers are to have a chance against well-heeled union busters.

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