GEICO Is Trying to Crush Workers’ Attempts to Form an Independent Union

This article was originally published at Labor Notes. GEICO insurance sales rep Lila Balali first started thinking about a union early in the pandemic. “I didn’t really know what a union was,” she says, “just that it was something for the employee.” She and her co-workers had been abruptly sent to work from home, where she set up a cramped workspace. “We were taking calls on our cell phones, 40 hours a week, our phone to our ear,” she recalls. “You couldn’t get reimbursed or provided a headset. “A billion-dollar company — a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, a Warren Buffet company…

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