LEBANON, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union this week filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society alleging the unlawful termination of longtime employee Caren Giaccone.
Over the last year, as workers and members have expressed concern over working conditions and the treatment of certain pro-union employees, management repeatedly attempted to stifle their voices. This unlawful conduct has created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation that is interfering with workers’ rights to freely choose a union.
While the details of Giaccone's separation of employment have not been made public, the federal charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleges that "management unlawfully terminated Caren Giaccone for engaging in protected concerted activity." The NLRB will conduct an impartial investigation into the charge.
"I'm not the only employee who has been victim of this kind of intimidation and retaliation," said Giaccone. "Silence is not an option! We need to bring an end to the unjust terminations and mistreatment of The Co-op staff." Giaccone was employed at the Lebanon location of The Co-op for about 18 years as a team leader in the prepared foods department. She has been well-regarded by her co-workers and members alike.
The Cooperative employs around 350 workers at five retail locations known as “The Co-Op Food Stores” as well as a commissary kitchen and is member-owned.