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Mailroom Printing becomes unionized while Schlechter Printing no longer authorized use union label


January 2008 edition of the Union News

Mailroom Printing becomes unionized while
Schlechter Printing no longer authorized use union label


REGION, December 12th- Schlechter Printing Inc., formerly of Walnut Street in Allentown, the only printing shop listed in the Directory of Allied Union Printers in Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley, will no longer be authorized to place the union label on printed material.

According to Robert Baum, President of the Pennsylvania Allied Printing Trades Council, Drexel Hill, the proprietors of Schlechter Printing have been notified by mail, the company will not be allowed to continue to place Allentown Allied Union Label #6 on printed material if the company no longer operates printing equipment.

The newspaper spoke to a company representative by phone and was told Schlechter Printing no longer operates a print shop at the Walnut Street address, and uses a post office box mailing address. The company representative said the company has a union contract with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and no longer actually prints any work.

According to Ron Miller, International Representative for the CWA, the union contract with Schlechter Printing will expire in December, 2007 and will not be renewed. Mr. Miller told the newspaper he is aware the company will no longer be considered a union print shop.

However, Mr. Miller said the Mailroom Copy and Digital Print Center on Airport Road in Allentown employees are represented by the union. He said the company proprietor Rob Fetherman signed a three year contract agreement with the CWA during the summer. The union has around five members employed by the Mailroom Print Center.

The company is authorized to place CWA Union Label #1 on printed material.

According to Mr. Fetherman, his company has already began to receive orders by members of the labor community for printed material. “We are the only union print shop in the Lehigh Valley. Hopefully, the unions will send their work to us,” said Mr. Fetherman. Mr. Fetherman stated he is happy the company is unionized.

Mr. Baum said under Allied Printing Trades Label rules, before a company can place the union label on materials, the printing work must be done by union members. Not just the typographical composition, but also the actual printing of the material.

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