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February 1, 2016IM -
Despite its wholesome image, workers at Whole Foods have been trying to unionize since 2014, while they face continued wage cuts and layoffs. Now those workers have won a small victory. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the grocer must drop its policy that forbids employees from recording workplace conversations in order to document mistreatment.
The NLRB ruled that “smartphone pics and videos in this day and age are particularly ‘essential’ to proving an employee’s rights have been violated,” according to Grub Street.
John Mackey, co-CEO of the company says the overpriced grocery chain isn’t anti-union as much as it is “beyond unions.” The NRLB disagrees and has sided with the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago.