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Bakery Workers Union rejected by employees in Hazleton

03.12.10

MARCH 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Bakery Workers Union rejected by employees in Hazleton

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 2nd- Employees of Archer Daniels Midland Company in the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazleton rejected being represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 492 of Philadelphia.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia conducted an Representation Election at the company’s facility on February 25th. The company operates a factory in Hazleton and the principal product manufactured is cocoa.

On January 13th, 2010 the union filed with the NLRB requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if the employees wanted to be union represented for the purpose of collective bargaining. The NLRB scheduled the election to be held on the site of the factory for February 25th.

The newspaper discovered the petition while reviewing petitions and complaints filed at the NLRB office in Philadelphia. The newspaper is the only member of the local media that routinely reviews the material.

According to the NLRB, there was 80 eligible to vote Archer Daniels Midland employees and only 20 voted to be represented by the union and 59 voted against representation.

According to the petition, the union wanted to represented all full-time and regular part-time production and maintenance employees along with warehousemen employed by the employer at the Hazleton facility.

The petition was filed on behalf of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union by John Joseph Lazar. Mr. Lazar is identifiedon the petition as the President of Local 492.

Before the NLRB will conduct an election a petition must be filed with the agency and be supported by at least 30 percent of the unit of employees. Under NLRB rules, the union must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the eligible to participate workers votes in the election to become their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining.

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