MIAMI, FL — Three former Nova Southeastern University
(NSU) janitors who lost their jobs during a unionizing drive at the school in 2007 must be reinstated to their old posts, a federal labor agency has ruled — and each will also receive tens of thousands of dollars in back pay, according to The Miami Herald.
The recent action by the National Labor Relations Board
, while being praised by union officials, also highlights the disparate treatment of NSU''s janitors when compared with janitors at the University of Miami
, the article stated.
At NSU administrators responded to the Service Employees International Union
(SEIU) organizing efforts by bringing in a new contractor for cleaning services, Miami-based TCB Systems which hired many of the janitors who had cleaned NSU under the old contractor, Unicco
, the article noted.
According to the article, three janitors who had been vocal union supporters were let go — a retaliatory act that violated federal labor laws, the labor board ruled in an August 27 decision.