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IAM members vote on continued membership on August 30th


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

IAM members vote on continued membership on August 30th


REGION, August 19th- The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four will conduct an election on August 30th to determine if approximately 12 employees of Five Star International, Hanover Avenue in Allentown, want to continue to be union represented.

It was exclusively reported in the previous edition of the newspaper that a employee of the truck repair company filed the petition with the NLRB requesting the agency conduct a de-certification election.

According to the petition, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB Region Four Office, Justin Allen Scheetz, an employee who resides on Walnut Street in Lansdale, requested the agency conduct a election to determine if 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 in Philadelphia.

The petition was filed on July 12th, 2012 and requested that all full-time and regular part-time authomotive 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 National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) by conducting surface bargaining and by assisting Five Star International employees in an attempt to decertify the Union. However, the ULP was withdrawn because of the failure of the NLRB to find merit in the complaint.

The newspaper has learned the most recent hired employees support the removal of the IAM because the company plans to open on weekends and under the current collective bargaining agreement those employees would be forced to work. The newer hired employees do not like the “seniority rights” clause of the contract that allows older hired employees to reject working on weekends.

Local Lodge 447 is affiliated with IAM District 15 in Cincinnati, Ohio the ULP indicates. IAM Local Lodge’s throughout southeastern and northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Lehigh Valley, are normally affiliated with IAM District 1. But, Local Lodge 447 is affiliated with District 15 because the union represents workers in the engine repair trade.

Under NLRB rules, at least 50 percent plus one of the eligilble to participate voting employees must vote against the IAM before the labor organization can be removed as their bargaining representative

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