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IBT Local 773 attempting to represent area truck drivers

06.03.13

JUNE 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

IBT Local 773 attempting to represent area truck drivers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 15th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 773, Hamilton Street in Allentown, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a election to deternie if employees of a Breinigsville employer want the union to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The newspaper discovered the Certification Petition while reviewing labor complaints and/or petitions filed at the NLRB office.

The Union News is the only member of the media in the Lehigh Valley that reviews and publishes articles regarding the information.

Local 773 President Dennis Hower filed the petition on behalf of the union. The Employer Representative stated on the petition to be contacted is Joshua Jones. Mr. Jones position with the Employer is not identified.

According to the NLRB, the agency will conduct the election of approximately 30 eligible to vote employees of KeHE Distributors, Nestle Way, Breinigsville on May 31st. There will be two voting times held at the transportation facility.

The IBT requested that all full-time and regular part-time truck drivers employed at the company’s Breinigsville facility and its domicile in Parsippany, New Jersey, be allowed to participate in the representation election. The NLRB granted their request.

Under National Labor Relations Board rules, a labor organization must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the eligible voting employees to become their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining.

Also, the newspaper discovered Local 773 filed a labor complaint with the NLRB alleging Pratt Corrugated Logistics, Industrial Park Way, Macungie Township, management violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge alleges the Employer violated the NLRAct by giving employee, Luis Hernadez, a written warning because of his support for the Union and/or in retaliation for his testimony at a agency proceeding. The alleged violation occurred on April 4th, 2013, the ULP states.

USW Union conducts annual O’Brien Legislative Dinner

06.03.13

JUNE 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

USW Union conducts annual O’Brien Legislative Dinner

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 19th- The annual United Steelworkers of America (USW) Union Local 2599 Ed O’Brien Legislative Dinner was held on May 19th at the USW building on East Lehigh Street in Bethlehem.

Local 2599 is one of the largest labor organizations in the Lehigh Valley and once represented workers employed at Bethlehem Steel, the current site of the Sands Casino.

The annual dinner has been held since the 1960’s but was renamed to honor long-time USW member and officer Ed O’Brien in 2000.

Jerry Green, long-time President of Local 2599, welcomed the approximately 85 guest, which included active and retired union members, elected political officials, and political candidates.

Allentown Democratic Mayor Ed Pawlowski was guest speaker. Mr. Pawlowski is seeking another four-year term as Allentown Mayor and did not face an opponent in the recent election. His name has been mentioned for a possible run for Pennsylvania Governor in 2014.

Also attending was Keynote Speaker and former United States 17th Legislative District Congressman Tim Holden. Mr. Holden was defeated by fellow Democrat Matt Cartwright in the 2012 primary election. He served in congress from 1993 to 2013.

Mr. O’Brien was twice the Democratic party nominee for the United States House of Representatives 15th Legislative District seat. He was defeated by the Republican nominee. The seat is currently held by Republican Charlie Dent.

Mr. Green told the newspaper Ed O’Brien first joined the Union in 1964 and served in many positions both in the Lehigh Valley and with the International Union.

Ed O’Brien is now retired with his wife Shirley in Coaldale.