Wells Fargo accused of union busting as workers try to organize
One of the nation's largest labor groups is accusing Wells Fargo of trying to deter employees at the financial giant from forming a union.
The Communications Workers of America filed two charges against Wells Fargo this week, alleging that managers threatened and disciplined workers for supporting the organizing effort, which is illegal under federal law. According to one person involved in the drive to unionize Wells Fargo, the country's fourth-largest bank, a worker in a Utah call center was disciplined for handing out flyers about the union effort in the center's break room.
A Wells Fargo manager told the employee to stop distributing the flyers and said the person's right to work from home could be revoked if the individual refused to comply, the organizer told CBS MoneyWatch, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid potential retaliation by the company.
It's illegal for businesses to punish workers for talking about unionizing or trying to collectively improve their conditions in other ways, including comparing notes about work conditions, raising concerns or asking management for changes.
In another charge of unfair labor practices, managers allegedly retaliated against a worker who complained about their pay. The worker received a new assignment but was paid $5 per hour less than the listed wage for the new job, according to the organizer.