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Teamsters Union Local 773 member files complaint against Bethlehem employer

08.28.10

SEPTEMBER 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union Local 773 member files complaint against Bethlehem employer

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, August 20th- Nelson Morales of Allentown filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia alleging his employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) by suspending him.

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed by Mr. Morales on his own behalf on August 16th and reviewed by the newspaper, he alleges his employer, Americold Logistics, Brodhead Road in Bethlehem, violated Section 8 (a) and subsections 8 (a)(3) of the NLRAct.

Americold Logistics operates a food products warehouse at the Bethlehem site.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 773 represents approximately 150 employees of Americold Logistics and filed multiple complaints against the employer in 2009. Mr. Morales is a member of the IBT.

Several stories were exclusively published in the newspaper indicating at least four labor complaints were filed against the employer during 2009.

The ULP’s and Mr. Morales complaint were discovered by the newspaper during the monthly review of complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB Region Four office. The Union News newspaper is the only member of the local media that reviews and publishes the information.

According to the ULP, the employer suspended and discharged him on July 30th, 2010 in retailiation for his union activity on behalf of IBT Local 773.

Labor complaint filed against Air Products in Allentown

08.28.10

SEPTEMBER 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Labor complaint filed against Air Products in Allentown

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, August 15th- The labor organization that represents the employees of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Hamilton Street in Allentown, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the Employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union District Lodge 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio, filed the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against Air Products on August 6th, 2010 alleging the Employer violated Section 8 (a) and subsections (6) of the NLRAct. IAM Lodge 1 has an office in Philadelphia and represents IAM members throughout the region.

“Since on or about August 10th, and at all times thereafter, the Employer by its officers, agents, and representatives, has refused to bargain in good faith with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a labor organization chosen by a majority of its employees in an appropriate unit for the purpose of collective bargaining in repect to rates of pay, hours of employment, and other terms and conditions of employment,” states the ULP, which was reviewed by the newspaper.

The complaint was filed on behalf of the IAM by James Smith, indentified as IAM District Lodge 1 Grand Lodge Representative in Ohio on the ULP.

According to information on the ULP, the IAM represents approximately 240 workers employed at the Air Products Allentown facility, which is a chemical plant providing flourine gases.

The complaint states the Employer has refused to abide by the contract agreement and make whole all effected employees outline in grievances. “The Employer failed to respond in a timely manner to these grievances awarded in favor of the grievant,” states the charge.

AFL-CIO DAY AT THE RACES- Maryland State Fair/Timonium Racetrack

08.28.10

AFL-CIO DAY AT THE RACES

Maryland State Fair/Timonium Racetrack

Saturday, August 28, 2010

12 noon to 10:00 pm - Post time 1:00 pm

Timonium, MD

Admission to the Timonium Racetrack

and/or the Maryland State Fair

Cost: $6.00

(normally $8.00 - valid for Aug. 28, 2010 only)

Each race on Saturday, August 28 will be named for a local union. Come out to the Fair, visit the Baltimore AFL-CIO Booth (near the 4-H Building) and then go enjoy a “DAY at the RACES.”

Tickets are $6.00 per person and will admit you to the Maryland State Fair and the Timonium Racetrack. The tickets at the gate are $8.00.

All proceeds to benefit AFL-CIO Community Services of Maryland Food Pantry project and other programs to help people during these hard economic times. This event is sponsored by Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO Unions

Contact Ernie Grecco or Bea Harris, 410-242-1300 for tickets. This offer is for Saturday, August 28 ONLY!

See you at the Fair!

Ernie Grecco, President, Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO