By Doug Cunningham
The National Labor Relations Board Wednesday began a trial to reach a decision on whether Menards has violated federal labor law in the ways it treats its workers.
OPEIU labor attorney Seth Goldstein brought the case on behalf of truckers working for Menards - a midwest home improvement chain owned by billionaire Republican John Menard.
Goldstein says there are two main allegations of labor law violations involving haulers of Menards merchandise.
[Seth Goldstein]: "The first one is whether the haulers are actually employees or independent contractors. We believe that they're employees and therefore have the right to organize a union.
And the second issue is if they are employees - they were all forced to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that limited their rights to engage in class action lawsuits, and they are prohibited to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
So that would be the unfair labor practice. And the judge is gonna decide that issue with evidence and testimony."