MADISON — Menard Inc. has agreed
to change some practices after the National Labor Relations Board
found it was violating federal labor law.
The board found in April that the
Eau Claire-based retailer has been improperly requiring employees
to sign mandatory-arbitration agreements that bar them from
engaging in class-action lawsuits. The board also found that
Menards has withheld merit pay raises for workers engaged in
protected union activities.
In a settlement agreement with the
board Wednesday, Menards agrees to rectify those issues.
Seth Goldstein, a representative
with the Office and Professional Employees International Union who
filed the initial complaint with the board, called it a major
victory for employees.
A company spokeswoman said Menards
had no immediate comment Wednesday afternoon.