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Sodexo wont interfere in union activities

August 15, 2011

NEW ORLEANS — The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that Sodexo has agreed to settle claims that the company spied on, threatened and retaliated against cafeteria workers at two New Orleans universities for their union activity — including firing of a pro-union worker at Loyola University, according to a press release.

Sodexo has agreed to settle the charges by compensating and offering to rehire the fired worker and by posting notices informing workers that it will not interfere with or discriminate against them for supporting a union, the release stated.

According to the release, under the settlement agreement, Sodexo must "make Terry Shelly whole for any earnings and benefits she lost because we fired her," the compensation of which totals $20,000.

The Loyola notice says Sodexo will not "fire you for your activities and support of [SEIU]" or "interfere with, restrain or otherwise discriminate against you" for union activity, the release noted.

The Tulane notice says that Sodexo will not "have union organizers removed from campus to prevent you from talking to them," "threaten to fire you because you supported the [SEIU] or any other labor organization" or "make it appear to you that we are watching your union activities," the release added.

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