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IOUE Local 542 successfully organizes Clarks Summit workers


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

IOUE Local 542 successfully organizes Clarks Summit workers


REGION, January 29th- The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Union Local 542 was successful in winning the right to bargain for six employees of a Clarks Summit employer. Clarks Summit is located in Lackawanna County just outside of Scranton.

IOUE Local 542 has a office in Wilkes-Barre Township in Luzerne County.

Local 542 filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia on December 10th, 2010 requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if six employees of Cushman and Wakefield, 1028 Morgan Highway in Clarks Summit, want to be represented by the labor organization for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The NLRB conducted the election on January 13th, 2011. The employees voted five for union representation to one against. A labor organization must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the eligible to vote employees in a NLRB election to become their bargaining representative.

According to the petition, which was reviewed by the newspaper, Local 542 Union Organizer, Frank Bankard filed the petition on behalf of the Union.

The petition requested that all facilty operating engineers be allowed to vote. All chief engineers, supervisors, managers, clerical workers, and guards were requested to not be allowed to participate in the election.

The petition states the employer operates a computer information center at the Clarks Summit location. Their main product is providing maintenance and mechanical services.

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