SEIU Local 888
52 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA 02129www.seiu888.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:CONTACT: RandWilson July 12, 2012(617) 949-9720
Becker College facilities workers cancel NLRBvote
Union calls on management to make promisedchanges
The Becker College facilities workers who have been working to win their collective bargainingrights decided to withdraw their petition at a meeting on Wednesday, July 11."We had strong majority support, but since management started using union-busting tactics tofrustrate our efforts, we no longer have the votes to win," said Craig Moreau, a six-year maintenanceemployee at Becker.In a letter to employees, the Becker College Facilities Union pledged to continue working together towin long overdue changes and called on college president Robert Johnson to:
Provide health insurance for all Becker workers who qualify for it;
Fix the pay inequities and settle several wage theft complaints;
Adhere to the college employee handbook that prohibits employees from supervising relatives;
Treat everyone with dignity and respect.Becker management hired a high-priced law firm and bought an expensive union-busting "PR" package that included strategies to stop the union, sample anti-union letters to all employees and slick videos disparaging SEIU. Workers were paid to watch the videos during their regular work hours andsupervisors and managers met with workers one-on-one and in small groups to convince them to voteagainst collective bargaining."Becker College enjoys tax-free status and relies on public support for many of the tuition dollars itreceives from students," said SEIU Local 888 president Mark DelloRusso. "The money it spent ontearing down the facilities workers' efforts for a voice at work could have been better spent onimproving their wages and working conditions."As Becker workers formed their union, they received strong support from the Worcester CentralLabor Council, Jobs with Justice, Neighbor to Neighbor, Teamsters Local 170, the Worcester Community Labor Coalition and many elected officials from Worcester and Leicester."We are really grateful for the community support we have received," said Moreau. "Now that wearen't going forward with the election, we are going to continue to need support to pressure Becker management to make good on its promises."
A chronology documenting the facilities workers' efforts to win their collective bargainingrights and management's aggressive interference to stop them is available from Local 888.