For immediate release
December 7, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel has issued a complaint against Pomona College, charging it with violating federal labor law in connection with the dining hall workers’ unionization drive.The complaint alleges that the Pomona College administration violated federal law by telling Christian Torres, a cook at Pomona for 6 years, that he did not get a promotion because he wore a union button and offering him a promotion in exchange for removing the button. The complaint also alleges that a a divisive gag rule that effectively prohibits workers and students from talking to each other while in the dining hall is illegal.
These new charges come in the midst of increasing unrest at Pomona—hundreds of students, alumni, and community members have called on the college to repeal the dining hall gag rule, students have set up a tent city outside of the administration building, and 15 students, alumni, and Claremont College faculty were arrested last Friday in a civil disobedience action in protest of the Pomona administration’s firing of immigrant workers, some of whom had worked at the college for ten to twenty years.
“We should all be treated equally when considered for promotions, regardless of our support for a union. The administration is creating a feeling of intimidation and isolation by doing these things," says former Pomona cook Christian Torres.
The case is scheduled for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge of the National Labor Relations Board in February 2012.