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USW Union files labor complaint against InterMetro


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

USW Union files labor complaint against InterMetro


REGION, March 29th- The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, commonly known as the United Steelworkers Union (USW), Local 5652-00 filed a labor complaint against a Luzerne County employer.

The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia and alleges InterMetro Industries Inc., North Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

InterMetro principal product is the manufacturing of stainless steel utility shelving trays.

The ULP was filed by USW District 10 Sub-District Director Joseph Pozza III, Berwick on March 1st, 2013.

According to the ULP, which was reviewed by the newspaper, the USW alleges the Company has refused to bargain collectively with the Union regarding provisions of Section 9(a), and Section 159(a) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the parties.

The newspaper is the only member of the media that reviews ULP’s and Representation Petitions filed at the NLRB office and publishes their findings.

“About December 2012, Union President Dave Carey, was handed a paper titled “Powered Material Handling Equipment”. On January 3rd, 2013, his Union Representation sent a letter to the Company Safety Director. Shortly thereafter the Company required a bargaining unit employee to take a full physical. A grievance has also been filed,” states the labor complaint.

The Employer Representatives identified on the ULP to be contacted is Darrin Woodruff, Vice President/Human Resources officer.