Jul 12, 2019
“We extend our deepest sympathy to our brothers and sisters at 32BJ on the loss of President Hector Figueroa. Hector was a champion for workers, standing on the front lines of many critical fights. From the Fight for $15 to the Fast Food Workers campaign, he made a difference for working people. Hector has left a strong legacy of tenacious warriors who will continue his legacy for generations of workers to come. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at 32BJ and with Hector’s family,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
Jul 11, 2019
A federal judge has ordered Mountain View Care & Rehab Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to reinstate Yolanda Ramos, after the RWDSU filed a complaint in June alleging she was illegally fired for supporting the union. Workers at Mountain View joined the RWDSU last year, saying they wanted to make improvements in their benefits and have a voice in negotiating their working conditions.
U.S. District Judge Robert D. Mariani also ordered the facility to halt intimidating actions like interrogating employees or retaliating against them for supporting the union.
“The interrogation and discharge of Ramos has had a chilling effect on the organizing efforts of the union and has intimidated and restrained other employees from exercising their right to form a labor organization,” Mariani said.