Judge Finds AFL Web Printing Guilty of Breaking the Law, Illegally Firing Workers for Union Organizing

GCC/International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1-L applauds the ruling, demands that AFL Web Printing comply and immediately reinstate the workers.

NEW YORK, NY (04/02/2012)(readMedia)-- An administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on March 27th, 2012 that AFL Web Printing had violated the National Labor Relations Act by illegally firing six workers for attempting to join GCC/IBT Local 1-L in 2010. As part of the ruling, the judge called on the company to reinstate the workers and provide them with back pay and benefits.

GCC/IBT Local 1-L applauded this decision. "This ruling is a huge victory for AFL Web Printing workers who have fought to join Local 1-L and improve their working conditions," said Patrick LoPresti, President of Local 1-L. "This ruling sends a strong message that AFL Web Printing must stop breaking the law and start negotiating in good faith. I urge AFL not to appeal and instead comply with the judge's ruling and reinstate these workers immediately with the back pay and benefits they are owed."

AFL Web Printing workers voted to join GCC/IBT Local 1-L in August 2010. To this day the workers have been unable to win a first contract because AFL has dragged its feet. Local 1-L is preparing to file NLRB charges against the company for refusing to bargain in good faith.

The NLRB is not the only federal agency to cite AFL for illegal activity. In July 2011 the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined AFL Web Printing $170,000 for serious and willful safety violations that put "its workers at risk of serious injury and possible death."

GCC/Local 1-L will continue to educate AFL Web Printing's customers about the company's documented record of law breaking and urge them to replace AFL with a responsible printing company.

AFL's elite customers include the Financial Times, the Village Voice, Women's Wear Daily, Investor's Business Daily, Daily Racing Form, the Washington Square News and other major publications.

AFL Web Printing is owned by Westbury Partners, a Long Island-based private equity fund whose largest investor is the US Small Business Administration.

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