May 31, 2017
By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News
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Washington, DC – Menard’s – the midwest home improvement chain owned by billionaire Scott Walker supporter John Menard – is on trial for breaking federal labor law.
The National Labor Relations Board trial starts Wednesday in Minneapolis. Menard’s is accused of misclassifying truckers as independent contractors rather than employees to avoid granting the workers labor law protections and rights. OPEIU’s Seth Goldstein brought the case.
[Seth Goldstein]: “We believe that they’re employees and therefore have the right to organize a union. This is the first time ever that Menards has been hauled in front of a judge to answer for their labor violations.”
A second important issue is Menard’s use of mandatory arbitration contracts that illegally deprive workers of legal rights to challenge labor law violations in court.