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SMWIA Local 44 files complaint against Penn Refrigeration


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

SMWIA Local 44 files complaint against Penn Refrigeration


REGION, January 3rd- The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Union Local 44, Parrish Street in Wilkes-Barre, filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia, alleging a Luzerne County employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge, Local 44 alleges the employer violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (5) of the NLRAct.

The complaint was filed on December 18th, 2012 and alleges Penn Refrigeration, Woodbury Street in Wilkes-Barre, violated the NLRAct by imposing a mass lay-off, closed plant/shop with no expectation of re-opening, disregarded the unions efforts to effects bargain or seek reasonable information pertaining to the preparation and initiation of effect bargaining as well as avoiding required grievance/arbitration procedures pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement.

The ULP was filed on behalf of Local 44 by Warren Faust, Business Manager of the union.

The SMWIA represent workers within the construction industry that install vents and sheet metal in building construction.

However, Local 44 represents approximately 31 production and installation employees of Penn Refrigeration, which principal product was the manufacturing of walk-in cooler boxes made of sheet metal.

The ULP also alleges Penn Refrigeration has begun to stop benefits due to bargaining unit employees and is attempting to sell the company and assets without bargaining with the Union on the plant closure effects bargaining.

The Employer Representative named to be contacted on the ULP is Albert Finarelli.

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