DECEMBER 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News
IUPAT District Council 21 complaint against Penn Allen Glass amended
BY PAUL TUCKER
LEHIGH VALLEY, November 3rd- The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Union District Council 21, which represents tradespersons within the painting and glaziers industry, amended the labor complaint that was filed against an Lehigh Valley employer.
The IUPAT filed the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging an signatory contractor with the Union, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).
The newspaper exclusively reported the ULP was filed by the union against Penn Allen Glass Inc. Front Street of Hellertown, in the previous edition.
According to the complaint, which was reviewed by the newspaper, District Council 21 alleges the Employer violated the NLRAct by failing to honor the labor agreement with the IUPAT.
“Since on or about August 16th, 2010, the Employer notified the Union and its bargaining unit employees that it was “cancelling” its contract with the Union, said Collective Bargaining Agreement being in effect until December 31st, 2010. The Employer unilaterally ceased deducting and remitting Union dues after August 16th, 2010,” states the complaint.
The Union alleges Penn Allen Glass, which operates an glass production facility at its regular place of business, 513 North 16th Street, Allentown, violated Section 8 (a), subsection (1) and subsections (a) 3 and (a) 5 of the National Labor Relations Act.
“Since on or about July 1st, 2010, the Employer unilaterally terminated the health care coverage of bargaining unit employees mandated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” continues the ULP.
The employer representative indentified on the complaint to be contacted is Tom McNabb. His position with the Employer is not indentified on the ULP.
The complaint was filed on behalf of the IUPAT by Philadelphia Attorney Warren Borish.
Penn Allen Glass principal product or service is the manufacturing of glass, mostly for commercial use.
“The Employer also unilaterally ceased making contractually mandated contributions to the District Council 21 Apprenticeship Fund (FTI), and IUPAT Pension and Annuity Funds.
Since on or about September 10th, 2010, the Employer permanently laid-off all of the members of the bargaining unit covered by its Agreement with the Union. All of the above unilateral actions are in violation of the Act and the Employer’s contractual obligations,” the ULP added.