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SMWIU Local 19 files at least one more ULP against M.B.I.

04.17.13

APRIL 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

SMWIU Local 19 files at least one more ULP against M.B.I.

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, March 17th- The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Union Local 19 in Philadelphia, which represents SMWIA members throughout the Lehigh Valley, filed at least one more labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a Lehigh Valley construction company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

In previous news articles, including in the March edition, published by the newspaper it was reported Local 19 filed multiple Unfair Labor Practices (ULP’s) against M.B.I. HVAC Inc., 450 Business Park Lane in Allentown with the NLRB alleging the company violated several sections of the NLRAct.

The agency conducted a representation election of employees of M.B.I. HVAC Inc., on November 16th 2012. There were 8 eligible to vote employees and 3 workers voted for union representation and 3 voted against. Under NLRB rules a labor organization must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the voting employees to become their bargaining representative. However, Local 19 challenged two of the workers eligibility to participate in the election and have filed at least five ULP’s since the election was conducted alleging the Employer violated the NLRAct.

On February 28th, 2013 Attorney Martin Milz, who represents Local 19, filed a ULP alleging the HVAC construction company violated the NLRAct by threatening, and intimidating employees during the election campaign by interfering with the laboratory conditions necessary to conduct a fair election.