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IAM removed as bargaining representative in Allentown

09.30.12

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

IAM removed as bargaining representative in Allentown

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, September 17th- Employees of Five Star International, Hanover Avenue in Allentown, voted to remove the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union Local Lodge 447 in Philadelphia, as their bargaining representative for the purpose of collective bargaining.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was exclusively reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia would conduct an election on August 30th to determine if approximately 12 employees of Five Star International wanted to continue to be union represented.

The newspaper reported that an employee of the truck repair company filed the petition with the NLRB requesting the agency conduct the 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.

The petition was filed on July 12th, 2012 and requested 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 employees voted 7 to remove the union to 5 to continue to be represented by the IAM during the NLRB conducted election.

In July the IAM 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 However, the ULP was withdrawn because of the failure of the NLRB to find merit in the complaint.

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

The newspaper learned the most recent hired employees supported the removal of the IAM because the company plans to open on weekends and under the contract those employees would be forced to work.

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

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