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Unfair labor practice complaint filed

September 20, 2012

CHRISTIANA, DE — A labor union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint, alleging workers were bullied into cutting ties with the union, according to The News Journal.

rallyLast month, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Optima Cleaning Systems, the article stated.

According to the article, the complaint alleges that after Optima took over the contract from Bravo Building Services in July, wages and hours were reduced and employees lost personal and vacation days.

"Cleaners at the building were told if they wanted to keep their jobs, they could not speak to the union, and Optima refused to hire workers who supported the union," said Julie Karant, SEIU 32BJ communications manager.

"Our economy and community cannot afford irresponsible contractors that shortchange the hard-working men and women of Wilmington. These cleaners already struggle to make ends meet and don’t deserve to lose their jobs through no fault of their own," said Wayne MacManiman, mid-Atlantic director of the union.