Charles Krug Winery Denies Charges of “Unfair Labor Practices”
Charles Krug Winery has formerly denied charges of unfair labor practices that were brought by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) on June 13.
The ALRB’s complaint states that Charles Krug Winery illegally fired 27 union employees in 2006 after it, “failed to bargain in good faith with the United Farm Workers for wages, hours and work conditions.”
The ALRB also alleges that the winery wanted the farm workers to take physical exams with the intent of firing the older ones. To settle this matter, the ALRB wants Charles Krug Winery to re-hire the employees as well as pay them back wages.
But the winery is not backing down, and Thomas Fossey, Charles Krug’s Chief Financial Officer, recently stated, “I don’t think it would have been appropriate to settle,” adding, “We don’t think the charges were appropriate.” The next step will be a hearing before an administrative law judge in Napa.