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Second Arbitrator Blasts Quebecor on Neutrality Agreement Violations

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- For the second time this year, an independent arbitrator has ruled that Quebecor World Inc., the second largest printing company in the world, has violated an agreement with the Teamsters Union to remain neutral and allow its employees to make their own decision to be represented by a union. The ruling came after the workers narrowly lost their union election for representation with the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters at a plant in Brookfield, Wisconsin, last February. The arbitrator labeled the company's conduct as "a coordinated effort to convey...opposition to unionization," in direct violation of the agreement they negotiated with the Teamsters. "This company has no respect for its workers and will go to great lengths to silence their voices," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "The repeated violation of the neutrality agreement proves it." The arbitrator took the extraordinary step of issuing a cease and desist order giving the union the right to review any literature that the company plans to distribute to employees in future union election campaigns. The arbitrator noted that, "the type of improper influence on organizing campaigns that tainted the Brookfield campaign and the previous campaign" can be prevented by "such prior review." "Once again, the company's misconduct has been exposed by a neutral outside arbitrator," said George Tedeschi, President of the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters. Last May the company had agreed to the union proposal for a less adversarial process after two-years of a hard-fought campaign to bring union representation to the workers at Quebecor World's North American plants. Within weeks of signing the agreement, Quebecor began its campaign of "improper influence." "We will continue to hold the company to its word and insist that it live up to the commitments it has made to workers and their union," Tedeschi said.

 

 

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