Former Ford Contractor to Pay $21 MLN In Refusal-To-Hire Union Case Featured

  01 November 2017

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has entered into a court-mediated settlement agreement with the NLRB, VIUSA, Inc. (formerly Voith Industrial Services, Inc.) (hereinafter referred to as “the Employer”) and Teamsters Local 89 (hereinafter referred to as “the Union”).

Under the Agreement, the Employer has agreed to pay $21.6 million. The NLRB will distribute  approximately $14.4 million, as backpay, to about 257 former employees and individuals the Employer allegedly refused to hire at its former vehicle processing operation at the Ford Motor Company’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, KY. The remainder, approximately $7.2 million, will be distributed to the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund as compensation for the Employer’s failure to make benefit contributions.The NLRB alleged that the Employer violated the National Labor Relations Act by refusing to hire Teamster-represented employees, recognizing the United Auto Workers as a minority union, refusing to recognize and bargain with Teamsters Local 89, and unilaterally establishing terms and conditions of employment for the employees that it did hire. Read more here.