The National Labor Relations Board Orders ABM to “Cease and Desist”

| September 21, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board recently ordered ABM to “cease and desist” from unlawfully:

  1. Failing and refusing to provide information to Teamsters Local 727
  2. Administering overly broad rules that interfere with employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act, and
  3. Making unilateral changes without first notifying or bargaining with the Union

Additionally, ABM was ordered by the NLRB to rescind portions of a confidentiality agreement that ABM unlawfully required members to sign in March 2016. Under the Order, ABM is required to send a notice of rescission of the confidentiality agreement and a formal “notice to employees.”


The genesis of this unfair labor practice charge stems from ABM’s mass termination of six employees in April 2016. During its alleged investigation leading up to the terminations, ABM, in violation of the collective bargaining agreement and federal labor law, forced bargaining unit members to sign overly broad confidentiality agreements.

“Local 727 warned ABM before it unjustly terminated the six employees that the Union intended to fight ABM if it went through with the terminations,” said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “The Union kept its promise and filed grievances contesting each of the terminations as well as filed several unfair labor practices against ABM. I’m pleased to report that due to Local 727’s efforts, members were reinstated and made whole.”

Coli added that, “with this Order by the NLRB, the existing unlawful confidentiality agreements will now be rescinded and ABM will have to notify the employees of its unlawful behavior.”

Members with questions should contact Business Representative Chris Owoyemi at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected].

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or additional grievance. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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