SEPTEMBER 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News
IOUE Local 542 amends complaint against Lion Brewery
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, In the previous edition of the newspaper, it was exclusively reported that the labor union that represents the employees of the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the brewing company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).
The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge was filed on July 1st, 2011 at the NLRB. However, the newspaper has learned the union amended the complaint on July 29th.
According to the July 1st complaint, which was reviewed by the newspaper, Brett Toomey, Business Representative of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Union Local 542 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, filed the ULP.
The amended complaint indicates IOUE Legal Counsel Louis Agre filed the amended ULP.
“The above named Employer, by and through its agents and supervirors violated the act by changing conditions of employment without bargaining with the Employee Representative. The Employer changed shift starting times without bargainng and in violation of the collective bargaining agreement,” states the complaint.
The above named Employer further violated the Act by circumventing the Employee Representative and bargaining directly with employees,” states the amended complaint.
According to the ULP, the number of workers employed by the Lion Brewery is 120. The employer representative named on the ULP to be contacted is Cliff Rissel.