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Carpenters Union complaint still under investigation

12.29.09

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

Carpenters Union complaint still under investigation

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

EMMAUS, December 8th- The complaint filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia by the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters of Southeastern Pennsylvania Union in Philadelphia against American Millwork and Cabinetry Inc. in Emmaus is still under investigation.

The union filed the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge on October 28th, 2009 alleging the nonunion employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the complaint, the employer operates an architectural millwork facility on Broad Street in Emmaus and has approximately 20 employees.

The Union alleges on the ULP Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (3) was violated by the employer.

The newspaper discovered the complaint during an monthly review of ULP charges filed at the NLRB office. Also the newspaper has learned the Union has filed a second ULP against the Employer on December 3rd.

The International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 600 in Bethlehem represents Carpenter Union members in the Lehigh Valley and is affiliated with the Regional Council of Carpenters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, State of Delaware and Eastern Shore of Maryland.

According to the NLRB, the target date for the completion of the agency’s investigation was December 2nd, 2009. However, the NLRB Field Examiner is still conducting the investigation in whether there is merit in the Carpenters Union complaint and will likely released their findings by the end of December.

The October 28th ULP alleges the employer has interferred with, restrained and coerced employees in the exercise of the rights guarenteed under Section 7 of the NLRAct.

“On October 12, 2009, it by its officers, agents and representatives discriminated against and is discriminating against Kevin Wetherhold in retaliation for his membership in and activities in support of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters by laying him off” states the complaint.

The employer representative named on the complaint to be contacted is George Reitz however his position with American Millwork and Cabinetry Inc is not identified.

The Union alleges on the complaint filed on December 3rd, the Employer created the impression that it was engaging in surveillance of employees’ Union activity and retailiating against Mr. Wetherhold.

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