LiUNA alleged that Pulte interfered with its subcontractors' employees' rights to join a union. The NLRB refused to issue a complaint in the matter, finding that "there is insufficient evidence to establish that [Pulte] has violated the Act in any manner." In dismissing LiUNA's charge, the NLRB found the union's allegations lacked merit, and that "further proceedings are not warranted."
This dismissal is the third time in the past month that LiUNA has been rebuked for its misguided and unfounded attacks, according to the Company. On February 18, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed with prejudice a putative class action lawsuit filed against Pulte that drew heavily from LiUNA and other union-related reports/lawsuits. One day earlier, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri denied a LiUNA motion to dismiss a Pulte Homes of St. Louis' lawsuit alleging the union and its agents violated federal and state law when they barged into the Company's private employee meeting and orchestrated an attack against employees.
For some time, LiUNA has waged a "corporate campaign" against Pulte and other large homebuilders, seeking to damage Pulte's reputation by making false or misleading claims, according to the Company. Pulte believes at the root of the issue is LiUNA's need to increase membership after losing hundreds of thousands of members over the past decade. In the case of Pulte, LiUNA is trying to coerce the Company to force Pulte subcontractors to sign union agreements and deprive workers of their free choice regarding whether to join a union.
About Pulte Homes
Pulte Homes is one of America's largest home building companies with operations in 69 markets, 29 states and the District of Columbia. In 2009, Pulte Homes brands received more top rankings than any other homebuilder in the annual J.D. Power and Associates 2009 New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Studysm. Pulte Mortgage LLC is a nationwide lender offering Pulte customers a variety of loan products and superior service.
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