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Road Sprinkler Fitters Union files complaint against employer


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

Road Sprinkler Fitters Union files complaint against employer


REGION, March 9th- The Road Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 669 filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia against an Lehigh Valley employer alleging the company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

Local 669 in affiliated with the United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry and with the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Lehigh Valley.

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge, filed by Local 669 on February 25th, 2010, Deja Vu Mechanicals Inc., Seifert Road in Nazareth, is alleged of violating Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (3) of the NLRAct.

The newspaper discovered the ULP 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 materials.

Deja Vu Mechanicals Inc. is an sprinkler systems installer.

“The above named employer has violated the Act by: 1) threatening an employee with discharge if the employee concertedly asserted rights under the prevailing wage law; 2) telling an employee that the employee’s layoff was because the employee concertedly filed a prevailing wage lawsuit; and 3) accelerating the layoff of Glenn Minnick for seeking employee support to assert their rights under the prevailing wage law and filing a prevailing wage lawsuit,” states the complaint.

The ULP was filed on behalf of the Union by Attorney Jason Valtos, Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC.

The employer representative identified on the complaint to be contacted is Edward Schenck. According to the ULP, Deja Vu Mechanicals employs approximately 6 workers.

The NLRB stated the complaint is being investigated and if the agency finds merit in the charge an hearing can be scheduled.

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