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The ULP filed by IUPAT District 21 under investigation


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

The ULP filed by IUPAT District 21 under investigation


REGION, June 24th- The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21, Azalea Drive in Drums, Luzerne County, labor complaint filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia is under investigation.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was reported that IUPAT District Council 21 filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge alleging an signatory contractor with the Union violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice charge, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB Region Four office, the IUPAT represents approximately four workers of the company.

The Union News is the only member of the local media, including newspapers, television or radio broadcasters, that reviews and publicizes the information.

The labor complaint was filed on May 23rd, 2012 against Accents Painting and Wallcovering, LLC Accents Contracting, Church Road in Mountain Top.

The ULP was filed against the painting contractor on behalf of the Union by John Gatto, identified as the Assistant Business Manager of IUPAT District Council 21. IUPAT represent painters and drywall construction workers within the building trade industry.

“On or about March 23rd, 2012 Accents Painting and Wallcovering refused to furish District Council 21 with requested information for collective bargaining.

Since September 2011 Accents Painting and Wallcovering has not made fund payments as per District Council 21’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Since approximately January 2012 the officers of Accents Painting and Wallcovering have been running Accents Contracting, a non signatory alter ego, within the same industry,” states the labor complaint.

According to the NLRB, the complaint is under investigation and during their review of the ULP additional information has been uncovered regarding Accents Painting and Wallcovering business practices.

Mr. Gatto stated the employer is attempting to not pay their obligations under the IUPAT contract and the Union was left with no choice but to file the labor complaint.

The company is operated by Jennifer and Ken Phillips.

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