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NLRB ruling supports Times

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The National Labor Relations Board has rejected all complaints and appeals by Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers Local 996 against Times Supermarkets, effectively ending a three-year legal fight that included the union’s attempt to organize a consumer boycott of the company.

The union, which represented meat cutters, wrappers and deli workers, launched a strike action against Times in December 2007 after months of bargaining failed to reach a contract agreement.

When Times began to advertise for replacement workers, the union in January 2008 gave the company a "return-to-work" offer, which essentially ended the strike.

But not all 116 workers were rehired and the union called for a public boycott of the stores.

Times’ unionized workers voted in February 2008 to decertify Local 996 as their representative, a vote that was upheld by the National Labor Relations Board. The union appealed the decision and alleged misconduct by the company.

The NLRB rejected all allegations against the grocery store chain.

The company feels vindicated by the NLRB action, Times owner John Quinn said in a news release this week.

"We have never wavered from our focus, which is to provide the best grocery shopping experience in the islands," Quinn said. "We are pleased that the NLRB decision has allowed us to turn the page and move on from the distractions of the past three years."

NLRB issued the ruling on Aug. 30.

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