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As Its Portland-Area Workers Currently Vote In A Mail-In Election On Whether Or Not To Unionize, Little Big Burger Union’s Alleges Hamburger Chain Management Fired A Portland Organizer Involved In The Campaign

Published Thursday, July 18, 2019
by Elise Herron/wweek.com
As Its Portland-Area Workers Currently Vote In A Mail-In Election On Whether Or Not To Unionize, Little Big Burger Union’s Alleges Hamburger Chain Management Fired A Portland Organizer Involved In The Campaign

(PORTLAND, OREGON) - This month, 109 Portland-area Little Big Burger Workers are voting in a mail-in election on whether or not to formally Unionize. At the same time, Union Organizers allege the company is Union-Busting before the vote.

On July 10th, Cameron Crowell - who, according to the Little Big Union, was an "active Union Leader" - said he was fired for failing to refill napkin dispensers and sauce bottles during a closing shift.

Crowell had worked at the Northwest 23rd Avenue Little Big Burger for two years.

"It was so disorienting to see my manager, who has never talked to me this way, completely change after we began standing up for ourselves," Crowell said in a statement. "Someone who offered me a manager position less than a year ago."

Crowell said his firing came two days after he'd been touring Little Big Burger stores talking to Workers about the upcoming Union Vote.

He added that Fred Glick, the President of Little Big Burger's holding company, North Carolina-based Chanticleer Holdings, sat in on his firing.

The Little Big Union alleged that seven Union Supporters have been fired since the Union went public in March.

It plans to file charges of Unfair Firing Practices with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In April, Little Big Burger hired a local law firm that also represents the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, which has been accused of resisting Union Organizing efforts in the past year.

Little Big Burger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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