The National Labor Relations Board’s Phoenix, Ariz., regional office has issued a complaint against Verizon Wireless for violating federal labor law. The complaint stems from a charge filed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) after an HR representative interrogated employees at a Verizon Wireless call center in Chandler, Arizona in October, 2019. The employees targeted for interrogation had signed a petition calling on Verizon to implement in-person anti-racism training across the entire company.
The Board complaint alleges that the interrogation violates federal labor law that prevents companies from interfering with, restraining or coercing employees who are engaging in protected, concerted activities and union activities.
“Working people are putting their lives on the line every day as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to be able to join together, without fear of retaliation from our employer,” said Laura Wentz, who works at the call center in Chandler. “It’s time for Verizon Wireless to stop its union busting activities and listen to the concerns of its workers.”