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Teamsters Union Local 773 files additional complaints against Pratt Logistics

08.07.12

AUGUST 2012, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union Local 773 files additional complaints against Pratt Logistics

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 15th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 773, Hamilton Street in Allentown, which represents IBT members throughout the Lehigh Valley, filed additional labor complaints against a Lehigh Valley employer, the newspaper has discovered.

In the previous edition of the Union News, it was reported Local 773 filed several Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging Pratt Corrugated Logistics, 7533 Industrial Parkway in Macungie, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

On June 8th, the agency conducted a Representation Election at the workplace of Pratt Corrugated Logistics to determine if employees of the paper products manufacturer wanted to be represented by Local 773 for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The union filed a petition with the NLRB on May 2nd, 2012 requesting the agency conduct the election. The petition requested that Pratt employees, including all full-time and regular part-time delivery and pick-up drivers including yard jockey positions, participate in the election.

Employees of Pratt voted 4 against becoming Local 773 members to 1 for. However, because of the 12 challenged ballots, the outcome of the election is not yet known.

During a review of ULP’s filed at the NLRB office, the newspaper discovered at least three more charges were filed against Pratt management for violating the NLRAct.

The additional complaints were filed on June 28th and all allege the employer unlawfully fired employees during Local 773’s organizing campaign.

The labor complaints indicate that as many as 13 employees were fired by management because of their support and/or activities on behalf of Local 773.

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