Another Etown complaint knocks back labor vote

SAN FRANCISCO: Online electronics retailer Etown was once again in the spotlight last week concerning its ongoing labor issues. A vote scheduled for last Friday was called off by the Northern California Media Workers Guild, following a new complaint against the company.

SAN FRANCISCO: Online electronics retailer Etown was once again in the spotlight last week concerning its ongoing labor issues. A vote scheduled for last Friday was called off by the Northern California Media Workers Guild, following a new complaint against the company.

SAN FRANCISCO: Online electronics retailer Etown was once again in the spotlight last week concerning its ongoing labor issues. A vote scheduled for last Friday was called off by the Northern California Media Workers Guild, following a new complaint against the company.

'The action effectively postpones the representation election for up to six months at the San Francisco-based company,' a press release stated.

The Guild contends that etown has fired four lead employee organizers and has held 'twice daily captive audience meetings with the remaining 15 employees.'

The media has seized on the story of Etown's customer service workers and their moves towards union representation, because it represents the first dot-com to move so close to establishing a bargaining unit.

Etown came under further scrutiny when it recently laid off 13 of the customer service workers involved.

Bender/Helper (B/H) Impact handles Etown's media relations. 'The biggest challenge for us has been the rampant misinformation that has been put out by unknown sources,' said Steve Honig, SVP at B/H.

Honig said he considers the latest move by the union an effort to whip up public support. 'The union realizes it is not in a good spot right now and had to do something as a last ditch effort to try and bring this issue to the forefront again,' he said.

Erin Tyson-Poh, spokesperson for the Guild, stands by the charges. 'The point is, if you don't play by the rules, there can't be a fair election,' she said.

Poh has done interviews for international broadcast and print organizations including CNN and BBC, and says many of the reporters calling her have little understanding of union issues. 'A lot of the reporters aren't familiar with labor law,' Poh said.



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