Trump Charged with Unfair Labor Practices Against His Own Workers

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Business, Economy with 42 Comments

By Diana Hussein & Annemarie Strassel |  *Unite Here


Photo: Notions Capital (Flickr Creative Commons)

Photo: Notions Capital (Flickr Creative Commons)

Editor's Note: With Donald Trump's political success so far, we don't know (for sure) how we would be as a president. Yet, one story gives us a glimpse into how he is likely to treat workers – meaning most of us – by how he is treating some of his own workers. Spoiler Alert: it doesn't seem he is treating them well. While some of Trump's electoral persona seems put on (or, a put on), like preppy George W. Bush pulling on his cowboy boots, we have always known him to be a business man, with a business mindset, but it may still seem shocking that he would treat those who help to keep his properties afloat, so poorly. And what will he do to the rest of us – if elected?

This week Donald Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas is facing more heat for its labor record. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued another federal complaint against Trump Ruffin Commercial, LLC, alleging that the company unlawfully terminated one employee and discriminated against another based on their union support, and promised employees job opportunities if they abandoned the union.

Trump’s company has driven an aggressive anti-union campaign since workers began organizing at the Trump Las Vegas in 2014.  The complaint issued this week is the third one brought by federal government against Trump Las Vegas alleging unfair labor practices. In prior complaints, federal officials have alleged that Trump’s hotel company engaged in the following unlawful activities: 1) maintaining rules prohibiting workers from communicating with one another and the public; 2) interrogations and surveillance; 3) intimidation of employees by Trump management and security staff, including a manager physically pushing employees; and 4) suspensions and a threat to fire union supporters.

Trump’s company settled to avoid one trial in 2014 and settled another complaint in late 2015, rescinding rules that unlawfully silenced workers. Trump Las Vegas then faced a trial before the National Labor Relations Board that awaits a final determination on other alleged conduct, including physically pushing union supporters and other coercive activities. 
 In the latest case, Trump Las Vegas will face a hearing on April 12th before an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board.

Despite these obstacles to a free and fair union election, a majority of workers at the Trump Las Vegas voted to unionize in a NLRB election held December 4-5, 2015. 
Trump’s company filed objections in an attempt to overturn that election. On February 19th, a federal officer issued a detailed report calling for the union to be certified and the hotel’s objections to be “overruled in their entirety.” The hotel is appealing the recommendation.

Now Trump hotel employees and UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality workers in North America, are redoubling their push on Mr. Trump to negotiate with workers. The Union is calling on him to sit down with his employees to begin negotiations, and workers are following him on the campaign trail to echo these demands. On Friday, Trump Las Vegas workers will be in Chicago, participating in protests at a Trump campaign rally.

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*Originally entitled: “In Union Case, Feds Charge Trump Las Vegas with More Unfair Labor Practices”

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  1.' Shenecka Vasquez says:

    Does this sound like anything of The Apprentice?…lol

  2.' Alvin Nicholson says:

    – I’m SICK OF IT – TRUMP IS a RACIST & will ruin the GOP, Cruz IS a Nutjob, Burnie IS a Dreamer…
    – Vote BLUE –
    on every Local State & Federal level
    to STOP the GOP Obstructionism.
    – Vote for WOMEN – Break the glass ceiling.
    – Vote HILLARY – with the Best political record,
    our 1st Women President 2016.

  3.' Michael Young says:

    Yea and H(liar)ry has years of criminal allegations being her including but not limited to suspicious deaths,land schemes,missing funds,assault’s on women.. but that’s no big deal..

  4.' Tantra Triple says:

    Wow, it’s disgusting.

  5.' Brian Shields says:

    If you don’t like the way your employer treats you
    Find another job

  6.' Barbara Sturre says:


  7.' Valerie Walker says:

    He would like to have slaves….just that kind of person. If he becomes president we are all in trouble…..evil man.

    •' Sandra Byrd says:

      Trump2016, tired of my grandchildren supporting deadbeats and illegals that have ruined Americs… No more free rides ti able bodied deadbeats

  8.' Yvonne Ruiz says: He has been a federal whistle blower for 31 years. This is all the inside information that many of you may not be aware of. If you take the time to go there…read his information, the “TRUTH” will come from your heart. Huma Abedin, Hillary’s long time Aide has been indicted!!! Also, take the time to see what Dem. Senator Elizabeth Warren has to say about Hillary Clinton being a “PHONY”. For more truth, watch some of the YouTube footage from the White House of the email scandal, especially Rep. Senator Trey Gowdy. Make and informed decision do the research!!! Remember that as a group of people we have the power to change the consciousness of the world…and I see that growing everyday. We deserved to live our lives in LOVE & TRUTH, so let’s all go there.

  9.' Koi Wannasnack says:

    Unfair labor practices?! If they’re going to get him then they need to get the rest of those greedy ass corporations that own this country…. Say…I don’t know Nestlé who had children slave workers? Oh no but the mainstream media already forgot about that so did the rest of the sheeple. Trump is a joke and so is the rest of this country playing this little game.

    •' Kelly Rush says:

      Just FYI, Nestle is not an American company. And this is certainly nothing new for Trump. He has screwed everybody, including his own workers, for decades. And also lenders, contractors, suppliers, etc. We’re ALL screwed if he somehow becomes the POTUS.

  10.' George Blanker says:

    God, I am so sick of this POS’s face!!!

  11.' Charles Barton Lamb says:

    And this is a surprise because? You don’t become a supposed billionaire by following all the rules as laid out. Chislers and cheats are us.

  12.' Bea Stewart says:

    He’s a sucker ! ?????

  13.' Arturo Ramirez Sr. says:

    I’am a 55 year old man, I don’t need any body to tell me that Donal d Trump is a very bad person, just listen to the way he conducts him self in front of TV cameras, he is arrogant, he likes to manipulate people, he knows there is lots of ignorant people that will believed everything he saying just for the fact that he is rich, but that is all he has…money.!! there is lots of people that will sell their dignity for few dollars.

  14.' Sheree Collette says:

    Conscious life news…..your liberal bias is showing.

    •' Shankghai Lawrence says:

      I think their is a tiny possibility u might be related to the racist.

    •' Sheree Collette says:

      Since the only black candidate in this race was a very intelligent neuroscientist, I’d say there’s no way that you’re related to him.

  15.' Kim Rice says:

    He’s a liar AND a lawbreaker. He belongs in jail.

  16.' Zachary Hale Comstock says:

    still waiting for someone to flush this turd.

  17.' Michael Young says:

    Trump for President!! Maybe he can clean up Obamas mess??

  18.' Leah Herley Redmond says:

    Sharing things about the Donald DOES NOT in any way raise the vibrational energy of the people or the planet. This IS NOT raising consious awareness. It is spreading hate and fear.

  19.' Brenda Harless Crabtree says:

    Lmfao AGAIN.. WTF. THW GOVERMENT.. ,THAT POWERS THAT BE.. THE ELITE.. WHATEVER THE FUCK U WANNA CALL EM.. “IS FUNDING HIM””. this fucking shit is harlious.. My dad watches TV. Hell I have to hear this shit.. Try to get on alternative news to get away….. And what?? I see this mother fucker..

  20.' Brenda Harless Crabtree says:

    Un fair labor… Omg. Anybody that has a job.. Lol. Is unfair labor.. Good god wtf… We are all slaves..

  21.' John Evans says:

    Um, he’s just trying to protect America but it is too late. Traitors to America have given control to Asian virmin which in turn will build their military up to attack us all.

  22.' Shankghai Lawrence says:

    I think Trump, fits the criteria of a comedian…Thats where his talent lies, not political science.

  23.' Tammy O'Bremski says:

    All I got to say is Hillarys emails & Benghazi PERIOD

  24.' Josephine Bacon says:

    All he really cares about is power and money .

  25.' Olga Ferrer says:

    and this is who “angry” people want for president! give me a break!!!

  26.' Nancy Fortman says:

    What a douche bag!!

  27.' Cathy Siegel says:


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