Update: NLRB Finds Buddy’s Parking Company LLC in Default

| April 30, 2018

By failing to respond to a complaint issued by the National Labor Relations Board, Buddy’s Parking LLC was found to be in default. This case originated on July 18, 2017, when Teamsters Local 727 filed an unfair labor practice charge against Buddy’s due to the Company’s refusal to bargain in good faith with the Union over the layoff of eight bargaining unit employees at 2 East Oak Street in Chicago.

Local 727 later filed two additional ULP charges against Buddy’s for refusing to process grievances and for refusing to provide the Union with requested information.

The General Counsel for Region 13 of the NLRB issued a complaint on November 16, 2017, against Buddy’s alleging the Company violated the National Labor Relations Act by failing to negotiate with the Union over the layoffs, process grievances, and provide information to the Union. Buddy’s failed to provide an answer to this complaint and was, therefore, judged to be in default.

To remedy Buddy’s unlawful labor practices, the NLRB has ordered, among other things, Buddy’s to “pay the eight discharged bargaining unit employees formerly employed at the Respondent’s 2 East Oak Street location their normal wages, with interest. In no event shall the sum paid to these employees exceed the amount they would have earned as wages from the date they were discharged to the time they secured equivalent employment elsewhere, or the date on which the Respondent shall have offered to bargain in good faith, whichever occurs sooner. However, in no event shall this sum be less than the employees would have earned for a 2-week period at the rate of their normal wages when last in the Respondent’s employ.”

“Additionally, we shall order the Respondent to compensate unit employees for any adverse tax consequences of receiving lump-sum backpay awards and to file a report with the Regional Director for Region 13 allocating backpay to the appropriate calendar years for each employee.”

If Buddy’s refuses or fails to comply with the Board’s order, then it will face enforcement action.

“This has been a long-awaited victory and we’re very pleased with the NLRB’s decision,” said John Coli Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “The 2 East Oak Street bargaining unit can finally receive the money they are owed. Companies like Buddy’s have to know that this Union will fight them every step of the way until a just outcome is achieved for our members.”

Members with questions should contact Local 727 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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