MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Eight employees of the Mrs. Green's Natural Market at 666 Lexington Ave. who were let go were rehired as part of a deal announced Wednesday.
The deal was reached Tuesday and the reinstatements are effective Wednesday. The deal also calls for back pay and training and the employees are expected to return next week.
“Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is proud of its associates – employing more full-time associates than its competitors, giving bonuses and discounts to hourly employees, and creating profit sharing and promotional opportunities for our team members – and today’s agreement honors that core value,” John Collins, a spokesman for Mrs. Green's, said in a statement. “Store leadership embraces these values and core principles and has stepped forward to do the right thing for its associates. Now we are moving forward with a shared commitment to provide Mt. Kisco families with organic, local and all-natural products and access to a healthier lifestyle.”
After the eight employees were fired, a group picketed outside of the store in protest, The Daily Voice reported earlier this year. The Daily Voice previously reported the firings allegedly were in retaliation for supporting unionization, which was defeated in a May 2013 vote. Collins denies that was the reason, referencing the vote's private nature, which allows for a secret ballot. Collins attributed the terminations to an overhaul of the store, which also included investment in the site and terminating a manager.
According to Collins, deal was agreed to by the employees and the National Labor Relations Board's regional director. An NLRB hearing was scheduled later this month, Collins confirmed, but it is not taking place due to the deal.
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