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IBT Union Local 401 unsure if they represent Luzerne County workers

07.26.11

JULY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

IBT Union Local 401 unsure if they represent Luzerne County workers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 2nd- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401, South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, is not yet sure if they were successful in organizing workers of a Luzerne County employer.

The newspaper reported in the previous edition that Local 401 filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if employees of Alexandria Northeast, Lasley Avenue, Hanover Industrial Estates in Wilkes-Barre, wanted to be represented by the union for the purposed of collective bargaining.

The union requested on the petition that all full-time and regular part-time warehouse employees including, but not limited to, laborers, forklift drivers, leadmen, and stockers by the employer be allowed to participate in the election.

Workers of the company were previously represented by the Teamsters Union until several years ago.

According to James Murphy, President and Business Representative of Local 401, who also filed the petition on behalf of the union, approximately 30 percent of the current workforce were employed by the company when the union represented the workers.

He stated the employees indicated company officials renegeed on several verbal commitments made after the union was removed.

The NLRB conducted the election on June 22nd. The workers voted 11 for the union to 10 against. However, there was one vote challenge therefore, the vote is considered undetermined pending a ruling by the NLRB on the challenged vote.

A labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the participating eligible to vote employees to become their bargaining representative.

Carpenters Union officer wins labor community award

07.26.11

JULY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Carpenters Union officer wins labor community award

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 5th- The United Way of Lackawanna County awarded the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 645 in Scranton Representative Drew Simpson the 2011 William Cockerill Sr. award.

According to Bill Cockerill Jr., son of the late labor leader and the United Way of Lackawanna County Labor Liaison, the go-between the labor community and the community organization, Mr. Simpson is a fine example of the partnership organized labor and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties have for people of the community.

“The Carpenters Union has been a partner of the United Way for many years, cooperating with the building trades they help students having an interest in the building trades for the pre-apprenticeship program administered by the Northeast Pennsylvania Labor Management Committee.

Mr. Simpson has been active with the Annual Campaign for over 10 years, and has acted as team captain for the General Contractors Division, Labor Co-Chair and as a Labor Representative on the United Way’s Board of Directors,” stated Mr. Cockerill.

Mr. Cockerill added that Drew Simpson’s commitment and the commitment of the Carpenters Union to the United Way is “true and real.”

“As a Local Union, they continue to support the United Way, continue to support our member agencies and continue their community involvement. It gives me great pleasure to add Mr. Simpson to our list of distinguished labor volunteers,” addded Mr. Cockerill.

Union Proposes Hot Dog Sale to Protest Tax Breaks

07.26.11

Union Proposes Hot Dog Sale to Protest Tax Breaks

By Kristina Peterson

A pair of union leaders in West Virginia announced their own plan to help cut the budget deficit and protest at the same time – by selling hot dogs.

The AFL-CIO’s West Virginia President Kenny Purdue and Secretary-Treasurer Larry Matheney announced the “Help the Really Rich Hot Dog Sales” in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) this week. The stunt is to protest GOP efforts not to raise taxes as part of any deficit-reduction deal.

In the wrangling over the debt ceiling, Democrats and Republicans have clashed repeatedly over whether to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers, and over narrow tax breaks for owners of corporate jets and yachts, among other proposals….

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