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NLRB: Menard Inc. violating labor law in employee treatment

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Staff at the National Labor Relations Board says Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menard Inc. is violating federal labor law in how the company treats its employees.

The agency’s regional office concluded that Menards has been improperly requiring employees to sign mandatory-arbitration agreements. NLRB staff also found that the Eau Claire-based retailer has withheld merit pay raises for workers engaged in protected activities.

An official with a New York-based local of the Office and Professional Employees International Union had filed the complaint about Menards’ practices.

The union official says if Menards doesn’t agree to make the changes, the NLRB likely would issue a formal complaint that the company could contest.

A Menards spokeswoman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the company would not comment because the matter is still pending.

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