The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 alleges in complaints filed with the National Labor Relations Board that managers and supervisors at Mrs. Green’s interrogated employees about their union sympathies, warned employees that they would not receive wages if they voted for the union and threatened workers with fewer working hours, among other claims.
The NLRB will hold a hearing on the union’s accusations on November 20 in its New York City office at 26 Federal Plaza.
Mrs. Green’s Natural Market specializes in natural foods and it has nine stores in the Lower Hudson Valley, mostly in Westchester County.
Mrs. Green’s workers held their union election on May 3 and the union lost the vote.
Before and after the election Mrs. Green’s Natural Market allegedly increased the workers hours, which the union claims were part of an effort to defeat organizing efforts.
Officials at Mrs. Green’s Natural Market could not be reached for comment after several days of phone calls and emails.
Efforts to reach some of the company’s managers accused in the complaint were also unsuccessful.
Maria Guerrero, acting store manager, has been transferred out of the Mount Kisco store and was on vacation on Thursday at Mrs. Green’s store in Greenburgh. Regional manager John Wozniak no longer works for the company, according to an operator at the company’s support office in Irvington.