Former Alamo Drafthouse employee who accused company of union busting receives severance pay

The former waiter said the money was worth it and encourages others to stand up for their rights.

AUSTIN, Texas – A former South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse Cinema An employee who said he was fired for unionizing reached an agreement with the film company.

“They offered me a large sum of money,” said former Alamo Drafthouse waiter Simon Ingrand.

In July, Alamo drafthouse workers in South Lamar held a sick leave demanding better pay, and a day later Ingrand said he was fired.

“Luckily thanks to my training at the IWW [Industrial Workers of the World]”I knew I had Weingarten rights, so I was able to ask for a union representative to be with me and take notes during the firing process,” Ingrand said.

He also recorded the dismissal and used it to file an unfair labor practices case with the National Labor Relations Board.

Ingrand was part of the Drafthouse United union. He said he was accused of using company data to send a message informing employees about the rally. He said the allegations were false and a form of union busting.

Ingrand said the settlement was confirmed in early December. He added that he was being paid unemployment, reinstatement waivers and other lost benefits, as well as any consequential damages incurred as a result of the termination. Because on an NDA he cannot say how much money he has been paid out.

“They were just afraid that I would go back to work,” Ingrand said. “They were willing to offer me a lot of money just to give up my right to reinstatement.”

In addition to Ingrand, 14 other members of Drafthouse United were included in the comparison. Now they will all have their names on the break room wall and declare that they have been cleared of wrongdoing and the company will not interfere in union practices.

Attorney Justin Roberts said these comparisons are common.

“About 90% of the meritorious cases come to a settlement or private agreement with this company,” Roberts said.

Roberts said employees’ unionization efforts had gained momentum this year for many reasons, including labor shortages.

“Indeed, 2022 was a terrific year for unionizing in the United States after two decades of union decline,” Justin said.

Ingrand said that unless he trained and learned his rights at Industrial Workers of the World, he wasn’t sure the outcome would be the same. He encourages others to do the same.

“Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself,” Ingrand said. “Stand up for your rights because without workers, work doesn’t get done and businesses don’t run.”

KVUE has reached out to the Alamo Drafthouse for comment. This article will be updated as soon as it is received.

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