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News :: Labor : Organizing
Enterprise Rent-A-Car workers protest plan to subcontract their jobs to new staffing company
19 Jun 2007
Enterprise Rent-A-Car workers filed an unfair labor practice charge on June 15 after managers told shuttle van drivers and car prep workers who work at the company’s East Boston airport location that their jobs would be subcontracted to Houston-based ParkWest Staffing Services. Management also announced that all current Enterprise car drivers would have to apply to for jobs at other Enterprise locations.
“All we are trying to do is have a voice at work and a union contract that spells out our wages and working conditions,” said Enterprise shuttle van driver Jonny Arevalo. “Now management is depriving us of our rights by making us all apply for our jobs with a new company. It’s outrageous!”

The Enterprise workers are asking for continued support from the community and the labor movement to save their jobs and win management recognition of their union. A June 23 day of action is planned for people to show support for the Enterprise workers.

The unfair labor practice charge – given to the National Labor Relations Board’s New England Regional Office – claims that the subcontracting maneuver was brazen and illegal retaliation against the employees for a long history of engaging in activities to improve their wages and working conditions. The National Labor Relations Act prohibits management from closing facilities or subcontracting work to avoid dealing with workers as a group.

In a June 13 memo to employees, Enterprise Regional Vice President Mark Jewell stated, “We wish to emphasize this decision has been in the works for several months and has nothing to do with recent union activities.”

Workers at Enterprise have been organizing a union with IUE-CWA Local 201 of the Communications Workers of America to improve their wages and working conditions. The workers have also been working with the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) and several community groups to improve their working conditions and fight discrimination in hiring and promotions.

On May 29, the Enterprise workers requested management recognize their union. When management refused, the workers petitioned the NLRB on June 4 to conduct a government-supervised election. A hearing on their petition is scheduled for June 18 at the NLRB in Boston.
(Pictures from the action may be viewed at: http://picasaweb.google.com/wilsonforworkingfamilies/EnterpriseWorkersDe)

The drive for collective bargaining grows out of frustration with Enterprise management who have routinely ignored workers’ grievances about discrimination, health and safety conditions, and abuse of wage payments and scheduling issues. With support from MassCOSH, Jobs with Justice and the Chelsea Collaborative the workers have been organizing to win improvements at work.
See also:
http://www.local201IUECWA.org
http://www.masscosh.org

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