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NLRB cancels hearing involving local painting contractor


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

NLRB cancels hearing involving local painting contractor


REGION, August 30th- The newspaper has learned the local painting contractor the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia issued a complaint against has yet to respond and the agency postponed the hearing scheduled for October 24th, 2012.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was reported the NLRB found merit in a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21, Azalea Drive in Drums, Luzerne County, against Accents Painting and Wallcovering, LLC Accents Contracting, Church Road in Mountain Top and scheduled a hearing.

The ULP allege an signatory contractor with the Union violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) by not making fund payments as per District Council 21’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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.

Accents Painting and Wallcovering, LLC Accents Contracting refuse to furnish District Council 21 with requested information for collective bargaining, the ULP alleges.

“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,” stated the labor complaint.

IUPAT represent painters and drywall construction workers within the building and construction trades industry.

The NLRB issued a complaint against the operators of the painting company, Jennifer and Ken Phillips. The agency scheduled a hearing for October 24th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the NLRB office in Philadelphia.

However, according to John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of IUPAT District Council 21, the Employer failed to respond to the NLRB notification of the hearing.

Mr. Gatto stated the NLRB “canceled” the hearing date and has now transferred the case to their Washington DC office that will now procede against Accents Painting and Wallcovering.

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