U Fla. slapped with labor charges

Union attempts to organize theme park technicians at the Universal Studios Tour in Orlando, Fla., have resulted in the company being brought up on charges that they intimidated and, in some cases, fired employees who participated in union activities.

The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a hearing in March on several charges brought by Technicians Local 631 of the Intl.

Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

“What this all stems from is Universal’s attempts to fight our efforts to organize their employees,” said William Allen of Local 631.

The IA’s efforts in this case mark an increased effort by the unions to gain a stronger foothold in Florida, which has been a bastion for non-union work.

Allen said employees from the theme park first approached the union in June of this year looking to become part of the IA.

Since that time, union officials say that company executives began interrogating employees about their involvement in organizing and went so far as to threaten their employment. Two employees were terminated during this time.

U has denied the allegations.

The employees are due to vote next month on whether to become part of the union.

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