TPG Capital’s and Leonard Green & Partners’ Palms Casino settles new union allegations of unlawful conduct
For the second time in a few months the TPG Capital- and Leonard Green-owned Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has settled charges of management intimidation of workers with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel.
On April 18, 2016 TPG’s and Leonard Green’s Palms Casino agreed to a new settlement over the Culinary Workers Union’s allegations of unlawful behavior in response to workers efforts to organize.
The latest settlement stems from charges filed in January with the NLRB alleging that Palms management threatened termination, surveilled and interrogated workers.
The charges filed in January came a few weeks after the Palms had settled an earlier complaint issued by the NLRB general counsel alleging unlawful surveillance, threats, interrogations of workers and unfair discipline of a union leader.
In the December 2015 settlement agreement, the Palms had committed to not violate federal labor law. In both settlements, the Palms did not admit guilt.
In the new settlement, among other things, the Palms agreed to not threaten workers with discharge if they support a union, to not create the impression that workers’ union activities are under surveillance and to not ask employees about their support of a union.
The Palms’ workers have been seeking a fair process to choose whether to unionize since June 2015.
The private equity owners have not agreed to a fair process at the Palms. TPG Capital told UNITE HERE that Palms management should handle the matter. Palms management has not agreed to workers’ requests for a fair process.