Woodman's union case continues

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Thursday, April 3, 2008
— The hearings are complete, but it likely will be several more weeks before the National Labor Relations Board decides whether Woodman’s employees can vote on the future of their union.

That’s because weeks of testimony that concluded in the middle of March produced more than 3,400 pages of transcripts and hundreds of exhibits that will need to be considered before the NLRB rules whether Woodman’s employees in Janesville, Madison and Beloit can vote to decertify United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1473 as their bargaining unit.

Post-hearing briefs are due Friday, April 18.

“It will take some time, especially in a case this size,” said Irv Gottschalk regional director of the NLRB in Milwaukee.

NLRB staff members will “take a fresh look at everything and do the research” before making a recommendation on a decision, which ultimately will be made in Gottschalk’s name.

Earlier this year, an employee at a Woodman’s store in Madison circulated a petition to decertify Local 1473 as the bargaining unit for the 900 employees at the Janesville, Madison and Beloit stores.

A similar petition later was filed with the NLRB on behalf of Woodman’s workers in Onalaska. But after three days of hearings in mid-March, the Onalaska employee withdrew her petition.

Ultimately, the NLRB will determine whether union workers can vote to keep Local 1473 as its union. After the decision is made, either side will have two weeks to appeal it to the NLRB in Washington, D.C.

In the meantime, negotiations are under way on a new contract to replace the one that expired March 16.

Woodman’s in Wisconsin and Illinois has 12 stores, half of which are unionized.

Last updated: 9:02 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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