NLRB Finds Merit In eBay TCGPlayer Labor Complaints Filed By TCGUnion-CWA

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The National Labor Relations Board has found merit in two unfair labor practice charges filed against eBay since authentication workers at subsidiary TCGPlayer voted to unionize in March.

NLRB Finds eBay Violated Worker Rights at Subsidiary TCG Player, Workers Demand eBay Bargain in Good Faith
(SYRACUSE, NY) — Region 3 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found merit with elements of the Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by Communications Workers of America (CWA). The NLRB’s decision affirms that eBay and TCGPlayer have broken the law in their responses to worker organizing.

The charges included allegations that eBay had refused to bargain with the union after its certification, refused to provide information to which the Union is legally entitled, made changes to sick leave benefits and other working conditions without engaging in bargaining, denied Weingarten Rights to employees during disciplinary investigations, and engaged in retaliatory practices.

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“We have experienced eBay’s refusal to respect our legally-protected rights first-hand. We applaud this ruling and hope that the reality of legal consequences will motivate the company to come to the table and bargain with us in good faith,” said Ethan Salerius, Receiving Generalist at TCG Player and CWA Bargaining Committee member.

“When employers break the law and violate the rights of their workers, there are consequences. And when workers organize they can stand united to protect one another. Now that the board has come to a decision on eBay’s illegal practices, we hope the company will see the light, obey labor law and engage in good faith bargaining practices so that workers can secure a strong union contract,” said Dennis Trainor, CWA District 1 Vice-President.

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eBay's protracted battle seeking to stop this historic union effort has exposed the company to increased scrutiny, not just from labor rights organizations, but investors and analysts as well.

Questions and concerns about implications for eBay's other labor-centric authentication operations, as well as possible due diligence and disclosure mis-steps in the TCGPlayer acquisition, were amplified by the sudden, unexplained departure of eBay's Chief Accounting Officer, Brian Doerger.

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eBay's decision to scrub previously pro-union language from their publicly posted Human Rights Policy has also caught the attention of New York City and State Comptrollers.

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While this ruling establishes has established there is merit in several of TCGUnion-CWA's unfair labor practice charges, the NLRB has not yet issued a final decision in the matter and are awaiting the company’s response.

eBay and TCGPlayer have not responded to requests for comment.

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