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GCC/IBT Union files complaint against Offset Paperback


JANUARY 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

GCC/IBT Union files complaint against Offset Paperback


REGION, January 2nd- The union that represent workers employed at Offset Papaerback Manufacturers Inc., Memorial Highway in Dallas, filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia, alleging the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge, the Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters (GCC/IBT) Union Local 137C, represents approximately 500 workers employed at the printing company facility in the back mountain area of Luzerne County.

“During the last six months, (1) the Employer has refused to meet on a timely basis to discuss pending grievances; (2) the Employer has made unilateral changes with regard to manning and refused to meet with the Union with regard to those changes,” states the ULP which was reviewed by the newspaper.

The complaint also alleges the Employer has temporarily laid-off employees and forced them to utilize their vacation time and/or take a pay cut and forced journeymen to take a pay cut of more than $8.00 an hour or be laid-off.

The Employer and Union entered into an agreement on April 14th, 2011 and under the terms and conditions of the agreement, there were not to be any temporary employees working in the plant, and the company has not complied with the agrement by making the unilateral change in keeping temporary employees in the building, the ULP added.

The complaint was filed on behalf of the Union by Harrisburg labor attorney Ira Weinstock.

The Employer Representative named on the ULP to be contacted is Ken Getz. Mr. Getz position with Offset Paperback is not stated on the complaint.

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