Huhtamaki cedes under charges of unfair labour practices

14.11.2014

Following the charges of unfair labour practices filed by the IndustriALL affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, Finnish-based packaging company Huhtamaki now needs to inform its employees about their rights at the plant in Commerce, California as settlement.

The USW raised violations of workers’ rights engaged by Huhtamaki set forth in the National Labor Relations Act by changing its no-solicitation policy and enforcing that policy in a discriminatory manner to remove pro-union materials from the employee break room.

In order to settle the charges on the agreement with the Board, Huhtamaki will have to inform in English and Spanish via e-mail all of its employees and post the notice for 60 days on company bulletin boards, informing the employees about the following:

FEDERAL LAW GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO:

• Form, join, or assist a union;

• Choose a representative to bargain with us on your behalf;

• Act together with other employees for your benefit and protection;

• Choose not to engage in any of these protected activities.

WE WILL NOT remove union literature from the employee break room, except during routine janitorial services, to prevent clutter, litter, or unsafe or unsightly conditions, or to maintain a clean and sanitary facility.

WE WILL rescind the last sentence of our No Solicitation or Distribution policy in our employee handbook that states: "Literature or materials left unattended on Huhtamaki's premises will be collected and removed." The rescinded portion of the policy will be replaced with the following: "Literature or materials left unattended on Huhtamaki's premises may be collected and removed during routine janitorial services, to prevent clutter, litter, or unsafe or unsightly conditions, or to maintain a clean and sanitary facility."

WE WILL NOT in any like or related manner interfere with your rights under Section 7 of the Act.