Yet another ruling by the National Labor Relations Board against Sodexo. The NLRB found that the off-duty facility access policy, as enforced by Sodexo management, was an illegal union-busting tactic and violated the National Labor Relations Act. As we know, Sodexo is no stranger to NLRA violations. Previously they have been found guilty of violations at Tulane University, in addition to countless other instances of worker rights abuses. This article was originally published on July 16, 2012, by Neil Goldsmith and Chris Johlie, at JD Supra.
National Labor Relations Board Finds Off-Duty Access Policy Violates Workers’ Rights
In Sodexo America LLC, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled that USC Hospital’s off-duty access policy violated employees’ Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The policy prohibited off-duty employees from entering the hospital unless they were visiting a patient, receiving medical treatment, or conducting “hospital-related business,” which the hospital’s handbook defined as “the pursuit of the employee’s normal duties or duties as specifically directed by management.”
Trojan pride is an important component of USC student life. Unfortunately, there are still a few things students can’t yet be proud of. The University of Southern California has been manufacturing and selling SC apparel that is produced in sweatshops in third world countries. USC recently signed a ten year exclusive licensing deal with the Dallas Cowboys’ clothing manufacturer, a known sweatshop abuser. An ESPN reporter visited some of their factories in Cambodia and discovered the workers were being forced to work 60+ hours per week under abusive managers for only $0.29/hour (check out the ESPN piece). These atrocities are not consistent with USC’s policies that promote justice and fairness for all.
As USC students and lifelong members of the Trojan family, we deserve to have a say in the companies our school chooses to support. After all, we are the ones who purchase and wear USC clothing. No Trojan wants to wear our school colors sewn by the hands of overworked, underpaid workers.
Come out on Thursday, April 19th and join the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation in letting USC know that the student body will NOT support human rights abuses. Ladies, put on your spandex and sports bras. Men, strip down to your boxers. Let’s show USC that WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!
(ps. Feel free to wear however much clothing as you want – heck, come in a parka. Just be sure to bring your rallying spirit in solidarity with workers’ rights!)
United Students Against Sweatshops is a national student labor organization fighting for workers' rights with chapters on over 150 campuses.