Union accuses Marsh of unfair labor practices

June 17, 2010

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700 said Thursday that it filed unfair labor practice charges against Marsh Supermarkets.

The union is accusing the grocery chain of using illegal interrogation practices and unlawfully terminating a worker for exercising his right to organize a union. The UFCW filed its charges with the National Labor Relations Board

“Workers will not stand for these unfair labor standards,” UFCW Local 700 President Joe Chorpenning said in a prepared statement. “Marsh Supermarkets must realize that the [employees] are the backbone of the company.”

The charges follow attempts by Marsh workers to deliver a petition to company headquarters signed by more than 5,000 people asking executives to meet with them about “the future direction of the company,” the union said.

The union alleges the coalition was met by security and was ordered off the company’s property. Marsh headquarters are at 333 S. Franklin Road on the east side of Indianapolis.

A spokeswoman for Marsh did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment on the charges.

Marsh operates 100 stores in Indiana and Ohio. Florida-based Sun Capital Partners acquired the chain in 2008.


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