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The Judge wrote in their decision, "... This [union busting] history combined with the weakness of Plaintiff's claims leads the Court to the conclusion that this case is an attempt to weaponize the legal system to gain advantage in an ongoing labor dispute between Trader Joe's and the Union representing its workers."
The New York Times asked Seth Goldstein about American Union statements demanding a cease-fire in Gaza, Seth Goldstein states "This is being generated by social-movement young people, Gen Zs, millennials...I don't think they're anti-Israel, necessarily. But what they've seen in Israel is the Netanyahu government."
“The issues are greater,” Seth Goldstein says. “When I was in college, my tuition was $750. I didn’t have any student debt. I wasn’t facing the extermination of human life because of corporate greed. I didn’t have to deal with corporations like those in Big Tech. It’s craziness. We didn’t have Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.”
A lawyer for the union, Seth Goldstein, said the lawsuit was part of a "union-busting campaign" to deprive Trader Joe's United of its ability to fund itself, calling it "outrageous" and a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
Goldstein said this agreement applies to “almost a million” corporate Amazon employees. Indeed, the complaint states that the alleged illegal labor practices “affect employees at all of [Amazon's] U.S. locations” and demands that Amazon “rescind the unlawful confidentiality policy” and notify all its employees that it is no longer in effect.
Cioffi “was a big reason why we won at JFK,” Seth Goldstein, partner at Julien Mirer Singla & Goldstein PLLC and a lawyer for ALU, told Bloomberg Law Tuesday. “The company itself admitted that he turned 500 votes from ‘no’ to ‘yes’. That’s why he was fired.”
“This is a very important ruling that will help workers to be able to unionize free of coercion, especially at companies like Trader Joe's, Starbucks and Amazon,” said Seth Goldstein, a partner at Julien, Mirer, Singla and Goldstein, who has represented workers at those companies attempting to unionize and facing union-busting efforts. “This has been the law of the land for 80 years, so it really goes back to what should have been all along.”
Union attorney Seth Goldstein said on Tuesday that the lawsuit was "outrageous and ridiculous" and that Trader Joe's was "spending millions of dollars to try to weaponize the legal process" and bust the union. "This isn't going to work, and we're going to stand strong for our right to unionize," Goldstein said.
Goldstein told Spectrum News 1 they are seeking a temporary injunction from the National Labor Relations Board to stop unfair practices in response to the union vote. He said a union organizer has been fired and others have faced disciplinary actions. Goldstein says these actions create a “chilling effect” to discourage union activity and are similar to actions taken by companies like Starbucks and Amazon. “We’re at a crucial period right now. The administrative process takes a long time and won’t be settled in time to stop the chill that is taking place,” Goldstein commented.
A lawyer for the union, Seth Goldstein, said the lawsuit was part of a "union-busting campaign" to deprive Trader Joe's United of its ability to fund itself, calling it "outrageous" and a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
After a prolonged legal battle between Amazon and the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), the National Labor Relations Board announced Wednesday that Amazon must grant break-room access to employees who are organizing their co-workers to vote for a union or to push for better working conditions. “What was lost by not having access is the establishment of community among workers and organizers being able to engage in activity that would explain the benefits of unionizing to other workers,” says ALU lawyer Seth Goldstein, a partner at Julien, Mirer, Singla & Goldstein.
“I think this is ridiculous,” said Seth Goldstein, a lawyer at Julien, Mirer, Singla and Goldstein, who works to represent the union. “There is no way that you can confuse Trader Joe’s United with Trader Joe's, especially since this is a labor union context. And to deprive the employees [from being] able to use their logo and to be able to fundraise from that logo, really deprives their right to engage in collective action.”
Before the decision, it wasn’t always worth it for unions to file charges over smaller, “garden variety” allegations, said Goldstein, who represents the Trader Joe’s Union and Amazon Labor Union. But now unions will be re-evaluating elections from the past six months to see if they can get bargaining orders under the new standard, he said. “This means that a lot of these elections that unions thought they lost are going to be flipped over and they’re going to get recognition,” he said. “This is huge. It’s a fundamental change in the board’s role and it will hopefully make employers not so comfortable violating the law anymore.”
Union leaders agree that strikes are supposed to be disruptive. But the precedent this case sets is that when a union goes on strike, it has to ensure that it won’t lose the company any money, said Seth Goldstein, a lawyer at Julien, Mirer, Singla & Goldstein, who has supported organizers in union disputes at Trader Joe’s and Amazon. “The idea would be that we would have to make sure that everything is perfectly in order before we went out on strike,” Goldstein said. “That’s outrageous.”
Seth Goldstein, a lawyer at Julien, Mirer, Singla, and Goldstein who works to represent the ALU, said that the complaint was a “huge development” in the union’s now year-long fight to bargain a contract with Amazon.
Seth Goldstein, an attorney with the New York law firm Julien, Mirer, Singla and Goldstein PLLC, is representing the Louisville union effort. He is also being accused by Trader Joe’s of misconduct related to the election and said the company’s legal actions are meant to delay the NLRB from certifying the union. “The [NLRB], I think, put themselves in a position where now they have to use all these resources to review a case that really is ridiculous,” Goldstein said.


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