U.S. District Court Denies Cenveo Request for Injunction Against Diversapack
"This denial of a preliminary injunction is a resounding strike against the coercive tactics employed by Cenveo. Bullying workers is no way to build a business."
A number of former Cenveo employees submitted declarations for the hearing attesting to Cenveo's disrespectful practices at the Altoona plant, including:
• An audio-visual presentation shown by Human Resources to the entire workforce that showed a hollowed-out factory with broken windows - workers were told that if they did not maintain sufficient production, within six months that would be their plant.
• The firing of an entire department at the plant accomplished by calling out the names of everyone in that department over the public address system so the entire plant could hear. The employees were unceremoniously dismissed, one by one.
• Bringing in temps and unskilled short-term low wage workers, without benefits, to replace full-time employees - previously fired employees were told that if they wanted to come back to the company they would have to become temps.
• The introduction of "dark days" where employees were told not to come to work - and thus not paid - due to poor plant management of work flow.
"We have all experienced the economic downturn," continued Mr. Hall. "What we know is that the best way to a return to prosperity is proper treatment of employees."
About Diversapack LLC
Diversapack LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, provides film and packaging products and solutions for Fortune 500 companies in the food and beverages, health and beauty, consumer products, and industrial and military markets through its nine manufacturing locations in the United States. The company is the only Major Minority Supplier to the flexible packaging industry. Diversapack recently opened a manufacturing facility in Blair County Pennsylvania, which will create 150 jobs in the next three years, and has been lauded by Governor Ed Rendell for job creation and capital investment in the commonwealth and in the county during difficult times. Among the ownership group of Diversapack is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Atlanta Mayor, Andrew Young.