El Milagro Tortillas Spent $863,349 Intimidating Employees

In June of 2022, LaborLab reported that El Milagro Tortillas, located in Chicago, had hired anti-union “persuaders” to meet with and coerce workers. But this isn’t the first time that the company has brought in “persuaders.”  According to a 2021 Form LM-10, El Milagro Tortillas brought in their hired guns before a union election petition had even been filed, which means the company is trying to snuff out a union before it’s even been formed. As it turns out, El Milagro Tortillas’ anti-worker behavior is anything but new.

According to Form LM-10 filings reviewed by LaborLab, El Milagro Tortillas spent a jaw dropping $863,349 on anti-union “persuasion” in 2021 alone. The payments were made to Government Resources Consultants of America Inc., based in Grayslake, IL. Here is a verbatim itemized summary of the payments and payment dates made to GRCA in 2021.

Date of PaymentAmount of PaymentRecipient
10/4/2021  $268,893Government Resources Consultants of America
10/26/2021  $173,680Government Resources Consultants of America
11/17/2021  $154,886Government Resources Consultants of America
12/6/2021  $143,891Government Resources Consultants of America
12/15/2021  $121,999Government Resources Consultants of America

As is the case in many union-busting campaigns, Government Resources Consultants of America subcontracted work to other anti-union “persuaders” who then swarmed the El Milagro Tortillas warehouse to prevent workers from even considering exercising their fundamental right to unionize. According to the Form LM-20 filed by GRCA in 2021, most of the contractors, including Juan Santana, Julio Martinez, Monica Mejia, and Brigitte Munoz, work for the union-busting firm Eternity Souls. 

El Milagro Tortillas’ strategy of paying top dollar to prevent a union from taking root appears to be becoming the rule rather than the exception. Perhaps that’s because the strategy is working. No union at El Milagro Tortillas has yet filed for an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). However, Arise Chicago, a workers’ center, did file an unfair labor practice against the company in August of 2021, just a month before El Milagro Tortillas spent nearly one million dollars on its scorched earth campaign against workers.

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