Washington – After a lengthy legal battle at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Teamsters are celebrating a landmark victory for the entire Labor Movement with the board’s decision in the case of Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, LLC.
The Labor Board ordered Cemex to bargain with the Teamsters in a precedent-setting move, ruling that all employers will now be required to bargain with a union if, during an election for representation, the employer commits Labor law violations egregious enough to compromise the legitimacy of the results.
“This landmark decision by the NLRB will be a catalyst for workers who are standing up and demanding their worth – not just at Cemex, but at every other employer in the country,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien.
In its ruling, the NLRB found Cemex had committed over 20 “instances of objectionable or unlawful misconduct” between the filing of the union election petition and the election itself, intending to dissuade workers from organizing.
The decision establishes a new framework for determining when employers are required to bargain with unions without a representation election.
Under the decision, if a majority of workers ask a company for voluntary recognition of their union, the company must either immediately recognize the union or promptly file a petition asking the NLRB to hold a union election.