June 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The National Labor Relations Board on June 15 voided the results of a 2014 election in which workers voted against joining a union, saying the company had illegally threatened to close if the union won.
The 2-1 decision held that a supervisor at Ace Heating and & Air Conditioning Co. in Cleveland had tainted the election when he told four workers that a week before the vote that the business would fold if its eight field installers and service technicians chose to be represented by Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 33. Even if the supervisor himself was personally pro-union, the board said, he was perceived as the owner’s “conduit on work-related matters,” passing on a threat while handing out paychecks. The ruling reversed an administrative law judge's finding that the threat wasn’t illegal, and ordered a new election. Read more