Wage Cut of Texas Dish Network Employees Deemed Illegal

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge has found that Dish Network violated Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in a case involving two Texas facilities. According to media reports, Dish Network made unilateral changes to healthcare coverage and wages across the two facilities and refused to work with the local union.

Judge’s Decision Protects Employee Rights

The two locations in question were unionized in 2009 after worker’s expressed animosity about the Quality Performance Compensation pilot program (QPC), aimed at providing low wages and large incentives. According to the decision made by Administrative Law Judge Robert A. Ringler, Dish Network violated NLRA laws when it discharged 17 employees via “Hobson’s choice” – an option of taking a 30 percent pay cut or forfeiting their rights under Section 7.

The NLRA decision follows a preliminary injunction filed by the NLRB that would require Dish Network to restore wages to the unionized employees to what it was previously. The NLRB alleged that Dish Network made “illegal unilateral” changes after that time. After employees complained about the new policies, the NLRB got involved and took the case to federal court.

Judge Ringler ordered Dish Network to “cease and desist” the unfair practices and to restore relations with the union. Dish Network was also ordered to restore employment or offer jobs to the 17 employees who were previously discharged, as well as providing back pay and interest.

Protecting Your Rights

No matter what sector you work in, state and federal laws are very strict about how your employer manages business, your wages, and your right to benefits. Any time you have questions about your rights as an employee, or if a dispute arises, you need the help of an experienced labor and employment law attorney.

Contact Daic Law to learn more about Texas’ labor and employment laws, unions, discrimination laws, and your rights. Call our office at (713) 808-5246, or send us an email at info@daiclaw.com, to schedule your consultation.