Stephanie Ostrowski Nov. 1, 2012, 5:30pm

St. Ann, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Owners of the Northwest Airport Inn must offer reinstatement to two union employees who were fired after the company refused to negotiate with their union.

Announced Oct. 24, the National Labor Relation Board's petition for a temporary injunction was granted by U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.

After firing two employees, the hotel owners contracted out their work.

As a result of the order, the owners must rescind their contract with a temporary employment agency, recognize and bargain with the union as requested, and offer an immediate return for the two employees who were fired.

According to Perry, the respondent did not bargain or recognize the union and immediate action was needed to maintain the helpfulness and importance of the National Labor Relations Act.

"This activity goes to the very heart of what the NLRA was enacted to protect," Judge Perry wrote.

A charge was filed with the NLRB Regional Office in St. Louis by the union in May and an investigation and complaint was issued in July . After the case was recently heard by an NLRB administrative Law Judge, it is now awaiting a decision.

The injunction will remain in effect until the case is resolved at the NLRB.

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