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Worker files petition, Machinist Union files labor complaint

08.07.12

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

Worker files petition, Machinist Union files labor complaint

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 19th- A petition was filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if employees of Five Star International, Hanover Avenue in Allentown, want to continue to be union represented.

However, the union that represents the workers have filed a labor complaint with the NLRB alleging the company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the petition, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB Region Four office, an employee who resides on Walnut Street in Lansdale, requested the agency conduct a election to determine if approximately 11 Five Star International employees want to continue to be represented for the purpose of collective bargaining by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union Local Lodge 447.

The petition was filed by Justin Allen Scheetz on July 12th, 2012 requesting that all full-time and regular part-time automotive mainterance and service employees that are currently members of the bargaining unit be allow to participate in the attempt to remove the IAM as their bargaining representative.

The IAM on July 18th filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against Five Star International management alleging the company violated the NLRAct by conducting surface bargaining and by assisting Five Star International employees in an attempt to decertify the Union.

Local Lodge 447 is affiliated with IAM District 15 in Cincinnati, Ohio the ULP indicates.

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