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Security Union attempting to organize courthouse workers

11.17.12

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

Security Union attempting to organize courthouse workers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, November 4th- The United Government Security Officers of America Union, Westminister, Colorado, filed a petition with the The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if security workers at several government offices in Pennsylvani,a including in the Lehigh Valley, want to be represented by the union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

According to the petition, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB Region Four Office, the United Goverment Security Officers of America wants approximately 17 workers to be involved in the representation election.

The Poughkoepsie, New York office of the United Government Security Officers of America union filed the petition on October 23rd requesting the election.

Under National Labor Relations Board rules at least 30 percent of the unit of employees must support the election before a labor organization can file a petition.

Akal Security Inc. provides security services for government buildings in Pennsylvania including the United States Courthouse in Allentown and the United States Federal Building in Reading, which are the two courthouses the employes work that the union is attempting to organize.

The union request that all full-time and share-time Court Security Officers, Lead Court Security Officers, Special Security Officers, and Lead Special Security Officers, employed by Akal Security Inc. at those two courthouses participate in the election by the NLRB.

A labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the eligible voting workers in the election to become their bargaining representative for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The union request that all office clerical employees, professional employees, confidential employees, and supervisors as defined under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) be excluded in participating in the representation election.

The petition was filed on behalf of the union by Travis Mastroddi, 42nd Street in New York City.

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