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Painting contractor owners file personal bankruptcy

01.22.13

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

Painting contractor owners file personal bankruptcy

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 3rd- John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21, Azalea Drive in Drums, told the newspaper the owners of a signatory painting contractor of the Union has filed personal bankruptcy and he is not optimistic of recouping any funds owed to the IUPAT.

It has been exclusively reported in previous edition’s of the newspaper that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia issued a complaint against Accents Painting and Wallcovering, LLC Accents Contracting, a signatory contractor of IUPAT District 21, for failure to make employee fund payments as per District Council 21’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The union filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the NLRB against the contractor during the summer of 2012 alleging the operators of the painting contractor, Jennifer and Ken Phillips, failed to properly pay their workers. The company has since filed chapter 7 bankruptcy.

“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 ruled the owners of Accents Painting and Wallpapering, LLC Accents Contracting, Church Road in Mountain Top, Luzerne County, must provide business bank records, including bank statements, cancelled checks and deposit records, to the agency to determine how much money is owed to their employees which are represented by IUPAT District Council 21.

However, Mr. Gatto stated Ken and Jennifer Phillips have filed personal bankruptcy and most likely other creditors will be paid before IUPAT receives any funds owed. Mr. Gatto does not know how much the union is owed by Ken and Jennifer Phillips.

The company failed to provide the NLRB the financial information that was requested instead the company filed bankruptcy.

Under the NLRB ruling, the Phillips were ordered to provide the company’s business ledger for the period from January 1st, 2012 to the present. Also they were to provide the complete list of Accents Painting and Wallcovering financial liabilities among other financial information.

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