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Seventh Circuit enforces NLRB order for Mondelez’s unlawful discharge of union leaders

July 21, 2021

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit enforced an order of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), upholding in all respects the NLRB’s finding that three vocal union leaders had been unlawfully fired in retaliation for their union activity at a plant operated by Mondelez Global, LLC, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

Over Mondelez’s objections, the Seventh Circuit explained that the NLRB “reasonably concluded that Mondelez’s justification [for terminating the union leaders] was pretextual.” The Seventh Circuit also upheld the NLRB’s conclusions that Mondelez had unlawfully altered the terms and conditions of employment at the Fair Lawn facility and unlawfully delayed in providing information to the union. Bredhoff & Kaiser represented the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Local 719, on appeal and before the NLRB.