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IBEW Local 1319 successfull in NLRB Representation Election

01.21.13

JANUARY 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

IBEW Local 1319 successfull in NLRB Representation Election

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 5th- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 1319, 69 Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, won the right to represent workers employed by Frontier Communications by successfully winning a election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia.

In the December edition of the Union News it was exclusively reported Local 1319 filed a petition with the NLRB requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if employees of Frontier Communications wanted to be represented by the union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

According to the petition, which was filed on behalf of the union by David Blauer, President and Business Agent of Local 1319, the union requested that all full-time and regular part-time system professionals participate in the election.

The union requested that all managers, supervisors, technicians, and other administrators be excluded from participating in the election.

Workers of Frontier Communications Inc. in Williamsport, Hazelton, Plains and Scranton, participated in the election which was conducted by the NLRB on December 12th, 2012. Frontier provides telephone, data, and video services which includes telephone line installation.

The fifteen eligible to participate workers voted eight for union representation to seven against in the election. A labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the eligible to vote workers to become their bargaining representative.

The newspaper discovered the petition while reviewing labor complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB. The Union News is the only member of the local media that reviews the information.

Under NLRB rules at least 30 percent of workers must sign a petition before the agency will conduct a representation election.

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