Yesterday, Taylor Farms (“Taylor”) ended a two-day, unsanctioned strike at its Salinas packing plants after management and union-represented employees agreed to an immediate pay increase of $1.50 per hour. The “wildcat” strike began on Monday, June 5, 2017 as hundreds of Taylor packing plant employees went on strike, demanding a $2.50 per hour increase in their pay. An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 employees joined the protest at Taylor’s facility on Abbott Street.
Taylor, approximately 25 Taylor employees and Teamster Union Local No. 890 negotiated the new deal for employees, which will see an immediate $1.50 per hour wage increase with another $1 per hour increase beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, all employees will receive around a three percent (3%) wage increase beginning on July 1, 2017, depending on the classification of the employee.
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Obviously the main concern here is that news of the strike and subsequent pay increase will spread, causing more strikes, both sanctioned and unsanctioned. Employers must remember that whether the strike is a union sanctioned strike or an unsanctioned “wildcat” strike as happened here, the rules never change. Attached to this Eblast is The Saqui Law Group Cheat Sheet which outlines what employers should do in the event of a work stoppage. Review the attached and have it handy in the event of a work stoppage.
Even before considering the attached cheat sheet, employers should talk to their employees NOW. Get out now and let employees know that the Company is aware of what happened at Taylor. Communicate early and often with employees to let them know that the Company will be reviewing its own policies and pay practices. Though the goal of keeping an open line of communication with employees is to avoid a work stoppage, constant communication keeps employee morale high, and lets employees know the Company truly believes they are important assets to the business. Contact The Saqui Law Group with any questions regarding all work stoppages.