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    Management intimidation and harassment.

    Posted by: jlmaccrae
    Date: 4/6/2006 10:09:39 AM

    I work for a grocery store, where the store managers harrass and intimidate all of the employees. (Mostly the female employees) Apparently, females are lazy and irresponsible, especially when we have to take a sick day to care for a ill child! Store management has often left employees in tears. I cant even think of one young girl that they havent made cry. Our situation is desperate! To think that we are a union makes me sick! Although we have a new union representative and we are triing to get some changes, it is a slow process. Our store has been in disarray for far too long because everyone was scared to speak out. Dont get me wrong I am all for unions, we have a great union (UFCW). But unions can not help you unless they are aware of problems and the workers are willing to stand up to them. My message to everyone out there is learn your rights and make sure your employers follow them. Especially in a union situation, every person has the power to make changes. Lets face it it is rare to find an excellent boss, not everyone can do it, but if we as workers allow harassment and intimidation to continue who are we to complain about it!

    Reply from: TOPGIRL
    Date: 4/6/2006 5:33:00 PM
    Reply: I can relate. I work with all men, one came up behind me and tried to yank my pants down. The boss(male) laughed and went on about his business. We need to stand up for ourselves. I am the only one here who has kids, so I get grief when one of them is ill. Im disgusted.

    Reply from: matrona
    Date: 4/18/2006 11:21:00 PM
    Reply: jlmaccrae, all it takes is one person who documents everything. Date, time, person involved, witnesses, etc. Get the details on paper. That will give your Union something to work with - (I support Union's too, however, you are obligated to use your company's chain of command prior to hauling your issues to the union hall) TOPGIRL, You may be in the right line of business, but the wrong business culture. Get out. You don't belong there.

    Reply from: dawg_stylez71
    Date: 4/20/2006 10:59:00 AM
    Reply: I have no idea which jurisdiction you work in. You need to consult a specialist labour lawyer, ideally together with several fellow employees so as to share the cost. Ask the lawyer exactly how to handle union grievance filings, etc. In my jurisdiction, the right tactic is to get appointed the union rep yourself. Virtually any disciplinary action against you can then be characterized as retaliation for union activity. Then identify the **worst** manager and have anyone he annoys file grievances over everything that he does until he is disciplined or fired. Then start on the **next worst** and repeat the process until management gets the message. While doing this, continually send in letters commending the **best** manager until the ownership or upper management are convinced he or she is made of gold. He or she may still be an *expletive deleted* but the point is that he or she is the best of a bad lot. This totally defuses any claim that you are just *disgruntled* or unreasonable employees.

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