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Security Union successful in winning NLRB election

01.04.13

JANUARY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Security Union successful in winning NLRB election

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 20th- The United Government Security Officers of America Union, Westminister, Colorado, won the right to represent security workers at the United States Courthouse on Hamilton Street in Allentown.

The Poughkoepsie, New York office of the United Government Security Officers of America union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if security workers at several government offices in Pennsylvania, including in Allentown, on October 23rd. However, on November 2nd the Union amended the petition to only include the federal courthouse workers in Allentown.

Under National Labor Relations Board rules at least 30 percent of the unit of employees must support the election before a labor organization can file a petition requesting the agency conduct the election.

Akal Security Inc. provides security services for government buildings in Pennsylvania including the United States Courthouse in Allentown and other Federal Buildings including Reading, which were the two courthouses the petition first requested workers would participate in a election to determine if they wanted to be represented by the union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The union requested that all full-time and share-time Court Security Officers, Lead Court Security Officers, Special Security Officers, and Lead Special Security Officers, employed by Akal Security Inc. at those two courthouses participate in the election by the NLRB.

Nine of the eleven eligible to participate employees voted for union representation. A labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the eligible voting workers in the election to become their bargaining representative.

The union requested that all office clerical employees, professional employees, confidential employees, and supervisors as defined under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) be excluded in participating in the representation election.

The petition was filed on behalf of the union by Travis Mastroddi, 42nd Street in New York City. The petition was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB Region Four Office.

SMWIA Union files additional complaint against contractor

01.04.13

JANUARY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

SMWIA Union files additional complaint against contractor

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 14th- The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Union Local 19 in Philadelphia, which represents SMWIA members throughout the Lehigh Valley, filed at least two labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a Lehigh Valley construction company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The agency conducted a representation election of employees of M.B.I. HVAC Inc., Business Park Lane in Allentown, on November 16th.

There were 8 eligible to vote employees and 3 workers voted for union representation and 3 voted against. Under NLRB rules a labor organization must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the voting employees to become their bargaining representative.

However, Local 19 challenged two of the workers eligibility to participate in the election and have since filed at least two Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges since the election was conducted alleging the Employer violated the NLRAct.

The SMWIA Union Local 19 filed the representation petition on September 14th, 2012 with the NLRB requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if the employees of M.B.I. HVAC, wanted to be represented by the Union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The union requested that all service employees of the company participate in the election while all sheet metal workers, pipefitters, laborers, supervisors, professionals, secretaries, guards, office personnel and other workers be excluded from participating in the representation election.

Local 19 Area Marketing Representative William Dorward filed the petition on behalf of the union. Mr. Dorward is a resident of the Lehigh Valley.

On November 20th, 2012, Local 19 filed a ULP against the construction contractor alleging the Employer violated Section 7 of the NLRAct by interferring with conditions necessary to conduct a fair election. The company the night beforew the election, without explanation or notice to employees, disabled the use of company issued cellular phones to inhibit communication among bargaining unit employees, the ULP alleges.

On December 7th, 2012, SMWIA Local 19 filed a ULP seeking a NLRB 10j, which would immediately give Local 19 the right to represent the employees for the purpose of collective bargaining.