The National Labor Relations Board has launched an investigation into claims one of the workers brought in to replace thousands of Marriott hotel employees, who recently ended a two-month strike in San Francisco, was fired for talking with a union representative.
The unidentified worker's complaint, obtained by KQED through a Freedom of Information Act Request, alleges that the Hayward-based company, Environmental Service Partners (ESP), "terminated" the worker for speaking with a representative of Unite Here Local 2.
The redacted complaint says the worker was fired from working at a San Francisco hotel after a security guard reported to ESP that he saw the employee "speaking with a lady with Local 2."
Firing a worker for talking to a union official is a violation of federal labor law. Under the National Labor Relations Act, "it is unlawful to discourage union activities or sympathies."
"It is very disturbing to hear of this, particularly because it is one of now multiple reports from temp workers alleging violations of their rights," said Unite Here press secretary Rachel Gumpert.