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NLRB rules Teamsters Union Local 401 unable to organize workers

02.14.11

FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

NLRB rules Teamsters Union Local 401 unable to organize workers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 26th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401, South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if the employees of a Luzerne County employer wanted to be represented by the union but later withdrew it because the employees were ineligible to be organized.

Local 401 filed the petition on January 5th, 2011 requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if 38 employees of Garda Cash Logistics, Stewart Road in Wilkes-Barre, wanted to be represented by the Union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

According to the petition, which was reviewed by the newspaper, the Union wanted all full-time and regular part-time drivers/messangers, vault tellers, and money room tellers employedby Garda Cash Logistics to participate in the election.

However, according to James Murphy, President and Business Representative of Local 401, the Employer objected and the NLRB found the employees were considered to be classified as the same as prison guards therefore ineligible to be represented by the Union.

Mr. Murphy stated the NLRB ruled those classification of workers could be represented by a labor organization that only represents the same type of worker.

“It’s really a shame. Most of the employees had signed authorization cards requesting for the NLRB conduct the election. More than 75 percent of the workers signed authorization cards. We had a great chance to win the election,” Mr. Murphy said.

The company provides amored car services and security transportation.

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