Etown faces flak on union dispute

SAN FRANCISCO: Etown, the first dot.com to face a public skirmish over union organization, was in the headlines again last week when it announced it was laying off 22% of its workforce.

SAN FRANCISCO: Etown, the first dot.com to face a public skirmish over union organization, was in the headlines again last week when it announced it was laying off 22% of its workforce.

SAN FRANCISCO: Etown, the first dot.com to face a public skirmish over union organization, was in the headlines again last week when it announced it was laying off 22% of its workforce.

The e-tailer cut 28 positions, including 13 customer service representatives - the group seeking unionization through the Northern California Media Workers Guild.

The workers' supporters claim that the company is engaging in union busting activities and have taken that belief straight to the media.

Etown retains PR agency Bender/Helper Impact and has hired the law firm, Jackson Lewis, which specializes in workplace law.

Etown blames the changing e-commerce landscape, but Erin Tyson Poh, a spokesperson for the Guild, was not convinced: 'The timing is really suspect,' she said.



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