Under settled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) precedent, statements of employees who are not agents of a union and do not act at the union's behest require the setting aside of a union election only if they created an atmosphere of fear and coercion that made free choice impossible.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island) recently held that a Merry Maids franchise failed to meet that high standard when challenging a union election.
NLRB: 1st Circuit Court sets high bar to overturn a union election