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Laborers’ Union withdraws complaint against employer

05.21.10

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

Laborers’ Union withdraws complaint against employer

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 29th- The complaint filed by the Laborers’ International Union Local 130, Wyoming Avenue in Scranton, with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia, alleging an Lackawanna County employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) has been withdrawn.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was exclusively reported that Local 130 filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge on March 22nd, 2010 against Sandvik Inc./Sandvik Materials Technology, Griffin Pond Road in South Abington Township, alleging the employer violated Section 8 (a)(5), subsection (d) of the NLRAct.

The newspaper discovered the Unfair Labor Practice 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.

The ULP was filed on behalf of the Union by Attorney Robert Mariani, in Scranton.

Sandvik Inc. manufactures stainless steel pipe and related products at their facility in South Abington Township. The complaint stated Sandvik employs approximately 200 Local 130 members at the manufacturing facility.

“Beginning on or about February 12th, 2010, and continuing thereafter to this present date, the Respondent Employer has violated the above cited provisions of the Act by failing and refusing to execute a written contract incorporating the agreement reached by its representatives with charging party, Laborers Local 130. The Respondent’s refusal to execute a collective bargaining agreement embodying the terms and conditions of employment agreed upon is in bad faith and continues despite repeated requests by Laborers Local 130 for execution of a collecive bargaining agreement as stated above,” the complaint stated.

According to the NLRB, the ULP has been withdrawn by the union because Sandvik management signed the contract agreement with Local 130.

The employees were represented by a Laborers’ local union in New Jersey until several years ago when Local 130 took over representation

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