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GCA Services enters federal consent decree

October 12, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ — GCA Services Group Inc. has agreed to the entry of a consent decree by a federal District Court ordering the company to restore its employees'' rights to organize a union without threats and intimidations, according to a press release.

The resolution comes after the National Labor Relations Board''s (NLRB) General Counsel''s office accused GCA of illegally firing four workers for exercising their rights under federal labor law and taking other coercive actions aimed at deterring its employees from organizing for union representation, the release stated.

According to the release, GCA must also cease and desist from interrogating workers about their union sympathies, maintaining illegal work rules, threatening workers with reprisals for supporting the union, requiring workers to show their cell phones to see who they''ve been calling or texting, threatening employees by calling the police in response to lawful activity and to an array of other steps guaranteeing its employees'' rights under federal labor law.

GCA workers have been working for several months to improve their access to health insurance, to earn fair wages, to share costs for their security badges and uniforms and to end the requirement for a doctor''s note for even a single day in which they are sick and cannot work, the release noted.

GCA management refused to even meet with the employees, and just days afterward, the company terminated three employees who were trying to organize the union, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.