In the speech, he cautions employees that he is not making promises. But the company had seniority practices, medical benefits and fair wages before union contracts, D’Arrigo said in the speech.
“We have never proposed to get rid of the medical plan (or anniversary bonuses),” D’Arrigo said. “Over the past three years, the union has collected $1.2 million from your pockets for union dues. That’s a lot of money. Remember, no union also means no more dues.”
The request of pro-UFW employees for similar workplace access was calculated for effect, the judge said, but made its point anyway.
“(It) was probably motivated in large part with a desire to prove that the company would treat pro-union workers differently than those who supported the decertification effort,” Soble said. “But the fact that the plan was hatched in the hopes of catching company supervisors treating their side differently does not change the fact that their requests were both made and denied.”