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IOUE Local 542 files labor complaint against area company

01.31.12

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

IOUE Local 542 files labor complaint against area company

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 2nd- The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 542, Virginia Drive in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, filed a labor complaint alleging a Lackawanna County employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRB).

The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia.

The employer, Cushman & Wakefield, provides mechanical maintenance repair for an office building located on the Morgan Highway in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County.

The NLRB ruled in 2011 that the employer must recognize Local 542 as the bargaining representative of the workers of the company.

However, the union alleges the employer has failed to bargain fairly and because of their failure the two parties have not been able to reach a first-time labor agreement.

“On or about November 18th, 2011 and forward, the above Employer has refused to bargain and set dates to bargain in an area recognized for suitable bargaining of the Certification which was obtained on January 13th, 2011.

The above infractions along with the past merit fingings of other unlawful practices of the Employer for refusal to bargain, along with recent information provides to the Region, provides the Union for demand of 10j injunction relief to eliminate the possible chill for union representation,” states the ULP, which was filed on December 9th, 2011.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Local 542 by Frank Bankard, identified on the ULP as Local 542 Organizer. Local 542 has a office on Fox Hill Road in Wilkes-Barre.

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