* NLRB nullifies results from Jimmy John's union vote
* Workers narrowly rejected unionization in October
LOS ANGELES Jan 11 A settlement between the
National Labor Relations Board and the owners of Jimmy John's
sandwich shops in Minneapolis has set aside a recent election
in which workers narrowly rejected joining a union.
Workers at 10 Jimmy John's restaurants in the area voted 87
to 85 on Oct. 22 against becoming members of the Industrial
Workers of the World, a union that has sought with limited
success to unionize Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) stores.
Had the workers voted to join the union, it could have set
a precedent in an industry that has managed to shut out
Union members alleged Jimmy John's franchise owners Mike
and Rob Mulligan used unfair labor practices to sabotage the
vote. The NLRB said in a statement that an investigation found
sufficient evidence to issue a complaint, absent a settlement.
Union members now hope to sit down with the Mulligans to
negotiate such issues as pay, scheduling, sick days, workplace
safety and affordable health care.
The decision from the NLRB cleared the way for a new
election, an avenue union supporters vowed to pursue if the
Mulligans refuse negotiations, representatives for the Jimmy
John's Workers Union said on Tuesday.
"We're hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. We
are more confident than ever that, in the end, we will win,
setting an example for 3.5 million fast food workers to
follow," union member Ayo Collins said.
Food preparation and service jobs are among the
fastest-growing occupations in the United States, but they
typically offer part-time hours, limited or no benefits and pay
roughly on par with minimum wage. Employee turnover is high and
many fast-food workers are teenagers and young adults.
(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein; editing by Andre Grenon)