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IAM Union files complaint against Luzerne County employer

03.29.11

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

IAM Union files complaint against Luzerne County employer

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 1st- The labor organization that represents workers at the Pepsi/Quaker Oaks Company plant on Oak Hill Road in Mountain Top filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge, which was reviewed by the newspaper, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union Local Lodge 2905 represents approximately 190 Pepsi/Quaker Oaks Company employees at the Mountain Top facility. The company produces and warehouses Gatorade and other Pepsi products at the Luzerne County plant.

“Since on or about January 6th, 2011, and at all times thereafter, the Employer, by its officers, agents, and representatives, has refused to bargain in good faith with the IAM, a labor organization chosen by a majority of its employees in an appropriate unit, for the purpose of collective bargaining in respect to rates of pay, wages, hours of employment, and other terms and condition of employment.

Specifically, the Employer unilaterally modified the terms of the collective bargaining agreement without offering to bargain with the Union and without contractual authority to do so, changed the pay week from Monday through Sunday to Sunday through Saturday,” states the complaint.

The ULP was filed on behalf of the Union by James Smith, IAM District Lodge 1, Grand Lodge Representative in Cininnati, Ohio. IAM Local Lodge 2905 is affiliated with District Lodge 1. District Lodge 1 has a office in Philadelphia.

The employer representative named on the complaint to be contacted is Beverly Kramer. Her position with the company is not identified on the complaint.

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