Employees of Portland burger chain Little Big Burger can post union materials in break rooms once again, according to a press release from the newly public Little Big Union.
Around two weeks ago, Portland’s second fast food union reported that “corporate” removed union materials from break rooms, which violates national labor laws unless it coincides with an overarching posting policy. Adrian Oca, Regional Vice President of Operations at Little Big Burger owner Chanticleer Holdings, said the removal of union posters was because of a “non-solicitation policy,” which would theoretically protect them legally; however, Little Big Union says this policy was never enforced before the union went public.
A statement sent to employees via the company’s internal worker-management group chat implies the company has now changed its stance. “There’s been some discussion lately about how LBB is being somehow ‘anti-union because we’re removing union posters from our restaurants,” the post reads. “LBB has carefully reviewed store practices regarding employee posting of solicitations, and we want to clarify our position. Employees may post informational material — either about the pros or cons of unionization — in employee break areas not visible to the public.” The post, shared with Eater PDX, was sent from user “Adrian O.;” Little Big Union claims it was sent by Oca. Oca has not yet responded to requests for comment.
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