The Blue Ridge Industrial Workers of the World has issued the following statement condemning the recent retaliation by John Verde – CEO of Bookholders LLC – against Bookholders workers
The Blue Ridge Industrial Workers of the World stand in solidarity with workers at Bookholders LLC in Blacksburg who are facing illegal retaliation from CEO John Verde for filing complaints with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry over wage theft as well as wrongful termination for engaging in protected concerted activity as defined by the National Labor Relations Act.
We demand that CEO John Verde drop their lawsuit as an act of intimidation against workers fighting for stolen wages, to stop unionbusting, and reinstate workers for being wrongfully terminated for exercising their rights to organize.
We will not tolerate such abuses by bosses anywhere in the New River Valley and call upon the local community to boycott Bookholders LLC, as well as to sign the petition demanding CEO John Verde to
1) Drop their lawsuit against workers fighting against wage theft
2) Issue backpay for all Bookholders workers paid below the minimum wage
3) Reinstate Bookholders workers who were wrongfully terminated for exercising their rights to organize.
To sign the petition please click here: