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Machinist Union attempting to organize Tobyhanna workers

08.26.10

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

Machinist Union attempting to organize Tobyhanna workers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 16th- The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union filed four petitions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct elections for four units of workers employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Monroe County.

The newspaper discovered the petitions while reviewing petitions and labor charges filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia.

The Union filed three petitions with the NLRB on July 7th and the fourth petition was filed on July 8th.

According to information obtained from the petitions, the Union wants to represent workers employed by Defense Support Services, an sub-contractor employed by the Army Depot. The IAM Cincinnati, Ohio office filed the petitions.

Petition case number 21717 states the Union wants to represent approximately ten full-time and regular part-time Production Control Clerks employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Petition case number 21718 states the Union wants to represent four full-time and regular part-time POC or Team Leaders employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Petition case 21719 indicates the IAM wants to represent sixty-six full-time and regular part-time Supply Techs, POC or Team Leaders and production Control Clerks employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

The fourth petition states the Union wants to represent fifty-two full-time and regular part-time Supply Techs employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Under NLRB rules, the petition requesting for the agency to conduct an election must be supported by more than 30 percent of the unit of employees. At least 50 percent plus one of the employees must cast ballots in favor of union representation in a NLRB election before the agency will certify the labor organization as their bargaining representative for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The IAM currently represents several units of employees at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Approximately 50 percent of the workers employed at the military facility are members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Union Local 1647.

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