Merry-Go-Round workers reject union affiliation

January 29, 1993|By Kim Clark | Kim Clark,Staff Writer

Workers at the Joppa warehouse of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. have voted against having a union represent them, a company attorney said yesterday.

After two weeks of legal wrangling, the National Labor Relations Board counted the ballots cast Jan. 14, and found the workers voted 252-46 against the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

The union had filed appeals in an attempt to stop the vote. The NLRB decided yesterday to go ahead with the count and tallied the impounded ballots.

Union officials could not be reached for comment yesterday. They claimed early this week that company managers had improperly pressured workers to vote against the union.

The NLRB said it had found evidence earlier that the company, which owns a chain of retail clothing outlets, had improperly questioned workers and banned workers from discussing the union. The company has since settled the charges.

But Earle Shawe, an attorney retained by Merry-Go-Round, said that yesterday's tally proved the union was attempting to impose itself on a work force that was not supportive.

The vote marked the third time in 16 years that workers at the company have rejected a labor organizing attempt.

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