Raleigh Stores Corp., the area clothing chain that has been crippled by a two-week strike, yesterday charged the striking union with threats of violence, intimidation and harassment against the company's employees.
The charges were filed with the National Labor Relations Board against the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 400.
Gary Sauter, vice president of Local 400, denied the charges, saying union officials know "nothing at all" about the allegations.
"As a matter of fact, we have given fact sheets to the picketers which make it clear that we were to run a peaceful picket line," Sauter said. "We don't condone anything of that nature."
In addition, Raleigh's also charged the union with surface bargaining, an allegation that Local 400 has not bargained in good faith.
Sauter called the charge "absolutely insane." Sauter said the union is "certainly willing to negotiate and have been since the beginning. It's ridiculous."
The filing of the charges by the 11-store clothing chain comes just a few days after the union filed charges against the company of harassment and failing to bargain in good faith.
Without naming specific activities, Raleigh's charged the union with "acts of violence" against employees and their families, property and customers.