Dosha shoos clients away from pro-union employees

Communications Workers of America Local 7901 — the union that Dosha Salon Spa workers voted March 2011 to join — has filed two more unfair labor practice charges against the company, bringing the total to 14.

In charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board, Communications Workers of America Local 7901 says Dosha steered clients away from pro-union aesthetician Rachel Voorhies.

The latest allegations are that Dosha changed scheduling policy without bargaining over it, and is steering clients away from union activists. Workers are supposed to encourage clients to return, and get credit when that happens. But when a longtime customer of pro-union stylist Becca Schmidt asked — after receiving a haircut — to schedule her next visit, a manager suggested that she book the appointment with someone else. Same thing happened with a customer of esthetician and union activist Rachel Voorhies, says Local 7901 President Madelyn Elder.

Dosha may also be violating an out-of-court settlement it agreed to in March 2012: It paid back-pay to fired massage therapist Mary Christ, but as of press time, it still had not removed the surveillance camera from the employee break room at its Hawthorne salon.

Meanwhile, like clockwork, employees who oppose the union filed a petition to decertify the union — which they’re allowed to do one year after voting to unionize if no contract has been agreed to. Workers are without a contract still, though the company has agreed to take part in federal mediation. But the NLRB is putting the decertification effort on hold while it investigates alleged labor law violations.

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