*In 1999 Office Depot Inc. had $10 billion in sales.
*Internet sales are up over 400%!
*CEO, Dave Fuentes, made $3,033,846 in 1998. (That figure only includes his salary and bonus. He actually made much more.)http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/800240/0000950144-99-002856.txt
* Mr. Fuentes, in 1998 made over $1500 an hour
*You most likely started at $5.50
* Office Depot is the largest retail supplier of office products
*Sales for 1999 went up 14%!
*Your first raise will most likely be about 7%
*CEO, Dave Fuentes, recieved $1000 for his "annual medical checkup"
*You have no health insurance unless you are full-time
*You can be fired for any reason or no reason at all (except where state and federal law prevents them)
*You can be singled out for denial of benefits
*Any policy or practice can be changed and you will have no say
Office Depot Found To Violate Federal Law
Office Depot (7-CA-38847; 330 NLRB No. 99) Plymouth, MI Feb. 16, 2000. The administrative judge found, and the Board agreed, that the threat allegations in the complaint are closely related to the discharge allegation in the charge and are not barred by Section 10(b), and that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) of the Act by threatening the employees that they would earn less money if they selected the Union and by discharging Denise DeLaura because of her protected concerted activity of making common cause with the employees of another employer who were engaged in a protected work stoppage. [HTML] [PDF]
The evidence shows that on July 8, 1996, DeLaura was approached by a person indicating that he was to pick up an order for one of the Respondent's customers, the Detroit Newspaper Agency (DNA). DeLaura said to him in a normal tone of voice, "Oh, you work for the scab newspaper." DNA employees were engaged in a lawful work stoppage at the time. The DNA employee explained that he had worked for his employer for may years and had a family to feed. There was no further exchange between DeLaura and the DNA employee. DNA subsequently complained to the Respondent about the incident. by threatening employees that they would earn less money if they selected the Union. On July 10, Kenneth Zill, the Respondent's top manager, went to the shipping and receiving office where DeLaura worked and asked whether someone in that office had called the DNA employee a scab two days earlier. DeLaura admitted that she had told the DNA employee that he worked for a scab newspaper. The Respondent conceded that it discharged DeLaura for her use of the term "scab" to the DNA employee.
In a reversal of the judge, the Board found that the Respondent did not violate Section 8(a)(1) by telling employees that if they selected the Union, they would not be able to communicate with management in the same way and would have to pay union dues.
(Chairman Truesdale and Members Fox and Liebman participated.)
Charge filed by Denise M. DeLaura; complaint alleged violation of Section 8(a)(1). Hearing at Detroit on May 6, 1997. Adm. Law Judge Steven M. Charno issued his decision June 13, 1997.
records the Average Hourly Wage for employees in Retail Trade for June, 1998:
What are you making?