During August 2013, employees at Amphenol Griffith Enterprises (Employer), a Cottonwood, Arizona manufacturer of electrical support systems for aviation and gas pipeline customers, held several meetings to discuss union organizing at their workplace with the assistance of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Several employees launched a pro-union campaign to which the Employer aggressively responded, escalating with the discharge of a pro-union employee.
As a result, the NLRB’s Phoenix, AZ Regional Office sought, and the Board authorized, pursuit of interim injunctive relief to return the pro-union employee to work pending final resolution of the matter and to stop the Employer from continuing to engage in unlawful conduct, such as threatening employees with discharge and withholding a planned wage increase.
On February 25, 2014, a Federal District Judge decided that the interim reinstatement of the pro-union employee was appropriate to allow the union organizing campaign to continue without further interference from the Employer. A settlement agreement was reached on February 26, 2014, which gave the pro-union employee permanent reinstatement and backpay owed and required the Employer to post a notice that addressed violations of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act) and advised employees of their rights under the Act.