Community and Elected Leaders Support Unionized Workers at DirecTV
Groups Call for Company to Stop Breaking Federal Law
LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday, March 14, elected officials and community supporters led a delegation to corporate executives at DirecTV to demand that they begin bargaining with representatives for the more than two hundred workers at DirecTV at Rancho Dominguez in Compton who won certification of a union vote late last year.
DirecTV, which relies heavily on growth in its Latin American markets for profits, has been accused by Latino workers of exploitation and abusive labor practices. The community delegation, which represented hundreds of thousands of consumers in Los Angeles County, warned DirecTV that they would advise their members and constituents of the company’s behavior if it fails to respect employees’ rights.
The morning delegation to the company’s headquarters included installation technicians employed by DirecTV, accompanied by representatives from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, a faith leader of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA), a Long Beach City Councilmember, the UCLA Labor Center, and the President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 947, which represents the workers.
The union election was conducted on April 16, 2010 and due to legal appeals by DirecTV, employees have waited more than a year and a half for the final certification of the Machinists as their bargaining representative by the NLRB on December 22, 2011. Although the decision has been final for over two months, and DirecTV has far refused to bargain with the union, a violation of federal law.
The group announced that DirecTV employees William Aguilar, Jesus Raya, Adalberto Galeno, Albert Rocha, Brenda Popoca, Juan Urbina, Joel Navarro, Martin Rodriguez and Jose Angulo had been named as union stewards and warned the company against engaging in retaliatory measures against the employees for their legally protected union activity.