AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - An Amarillo business has finally settled a case which accused it of violating federal labor standards by improperly firing unionized employees.
According to a news release by the National Labor Relations Board, GRI Texas Towers, Inc. agreed Thursday to pay more than $135,000 in back pay, interest and expenses to employees who were suspended or terminated during unionizing activities.
The company is also reinstating eight other workers.
The release said in 2017, 215 GRI employees voted to unionize under Local Union No. 404.
After the vote took effect, the union said GRI violated the federal National Labor Relations Act by terminating, threatening and spying on employees involved in the unionization.
The union also accused the company of improperly withdrawing recognition of the union and bargaining with employees outside of union guidelines.
After NLRB officials sought preliminary injunctive relief, the two parties entered into a settlement, satisfying all complaints brought in the initial filing.