As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes his final pitch to working class voters, the billionaire businessman is under fire once again for allegedly violating the law. The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Thursday that the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas was in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
The hotel, the board argues, refused to bargain with a union that represents over 500 service workers.
The board, which oversees enforcement of the federal labor law, has ordered Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC to bargain with the workers represented under the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. Trump and co-owner Phillip Ruffin have also been ordered to notify hotel employees of the violation.
In 2015, workers at the hotel voted to unionize with the Culinary Workers Union in a vote of 238 to 209. Trump’s team claims the union had influenced the results.
The hotel has refused to acknowledge or bargain with the union since the vote.
A large percentage of the workers are Filipino and Latino immigrants working in either food service or housekeeping positions. The Culinary Workers Union claims the workers earn $3 per hour less on average than unionized workers.
The union has made the rare move of calling for a boycott of Trump properties, and has held rallies and protests at the Las Vegas hotel. The group has also picketed at other locations, including Trump’s Los Angeles golf course.
In July, the hotel settled with the union for $11,200 over allegations of unfair labor practices. Union members said the hotel promised job opportunities to workers who voted against the union.
Throughout much of his campaign, Trump has claimed to be a candidate for the working class and union workers. The GOP nominee has said in the past that he has “great relationships” with unions.
The National Labor Relations Board’s move may harm the merit claims.