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Teamsters Union Local 401 and Duryea Borough still without contract agreement

05.21.10

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

Teamsters Union Local 401 and Duryea Borough still without contract agreement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 30th- Negotiations are continuing between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401 and representatives of the Borough of Duryea for a first time collective bargaining agreement.

On September 11th, 2009, Local 401, South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, filed a petition with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) in Harrisburg requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if the workers want to be represented by Local 401 for the purpose of collective bargaining.

On January 29, 2010, the parties filed a Joint Request for Certification with the PLRB.

According to James Murphy, President and Business Representative of Local 401, the union represents all full-time and regular part-time blue collar nonprofessional employees including Public Works employees.

Patrick Connors, Secretary/Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 401, told the newspaper the two parties met for a first negotiating meeting on March 2nd. The Borough of Duryea labor negotiator is Scranton labor attorney Robert Ufberg.

Mr. Murphy told the newspaper the parties have now met four times and negotiations are moving “slowly.”

“We are still on contract language. I really don’t know when we will get to wages,” said Mr. Murphy.

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