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Teamsters Union Local 401 ready to begin first-time contract negotiations

10.21.11

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

Teamsters Union Local 401 ready to begin first-time contract negotiations

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, October 4th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401, South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, will begin first-time contract negotiations with Alexandria Northeast, Lasley Avenue, Hanover Industrial Estates in Wilkes-Barre.

The union won the right to represent workers of the company for the purpose of collective bargaining in a election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia.

The election was held on June 22nd but the IBT needed to wait until the NLRB made a ruling of whether one challenged vote would count or not. Local 401 won the election 11 for the union to 10 against.

The union won the right to represent all full-time and regular part-time warehouse employees including laborers, forklift drivers, leadmen, and stockers.

The employees were previously represented by the Teamsters, but voted to remove the union several years ago.

According to James Murphy, President and Business Representative of Local 401, who filed the petition requesting the NLRB election on behalf of the union, many of the workers felt management went back on promises made during the campaign when the workers voted to remove the IBT.

Mr. Murphy told the newspaper negotiating meetings are scheduled between the two parties. “We have meetings set-up to begin contract negotiations,” stated Mr. Murphy.

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