A union local in New York has posted on YouTube a videotape showing largely intact, confidential customer records that the unions says were discovered in trash bags outside of five JPMorgan Chase branches around the city.
The video was made by Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ. The local is waging a campaign to organize security workers at Chase buildings.
A union spokeswoman says it posted the video to bring attention to the problem of identity theft. The video shows SEIU researcher Jeremy Tai inspecting trash bags outside of the Chase branches.
“If the union was aware of confidential information out there, the best way would be to tell us directly, if that was their goal,” said JPMorgan Chase spokesman Tom Kelly. He declined to comment about the local’s effort to unionize the security workers.
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Similar forms were also found at branches in Ridgewood, Queens and
“We’re investigating,” says Kelly, explaining that each branch has a secure locked bin that holds documents until they are destroyed. The bin is inside the branch.
“We have procedures and we are going back to reaffirm our procedures with each branch,” he said.
Filed by Tom Fredrickson of Crain’s New York Business, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.