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Sears Couldn’t Eject Union Within Its First Year, NLRB Says (1)

July 31, 2019, 10:30 AM; Updated: July 31, 2019, 4:58 PM

Sears Roebuck and Co. violated federal labor law when it ousted the union representing workers at a Chicago-area store based on a premature decertification petition, the National Labor Relations Board ruled July 30.

The petition to toss a United Food and Commercial Workers affiliate was signed by workers and presented to the union within the first year that it was certified as the Sears workers’ bargaining agent, making it too early, the NLRB said. Unions can’t have their majority status challenged in the first year after they’re certified, according to board law.

But the NLRB ruled in Sears’ favor on ...

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