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Strike Update: ULP Filed by Union

October 22, 2009
tags: First Student, labor unions, strike, Teamsters, unfair labor practice
by Brett

WJTV is reporting that the Teamsters union representing the First Student bus drivers has filed a formal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. This is commonly referred to as a ULP, or unfair labor practice. According to WJTV, the complaint claims that First Student has “discriminated against its employees because of their union and has refused to bargain in good faith.” They also argue that First Student has been “threatening and coercing its employees with adverse action if they do not agree to its bargaining demands.”

ULPs from the previous day are posted each morning at the NLRB website although they do not usually contain much information. They can be filed by either the employer or union, and can be for serious or frivolous reasons. A complaint that one side is refusing to bargain in good faith is very common in the labor relations world.

By filing the ULP, I would say that the union has taken the negotiations to another level. The closest NLRB regional office is in New Orleans.


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