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SMWIU Local 19 alleges company violated NLRAct


MAY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

SMWIU Local 19 alleges company violated NLRAct


REGION, April 5th- The attorney that represents the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Union Local 19 in Philadelphia, which represents SMWIA members throughout the Lehigh Valley, alleges numerous violations were conducted by management of a Lehigh Valley construction company of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The newspaper in previous editions have reported Local 19 filed multiple Unfair Labor Practices (ULP’s) against M.B.I. HVAC Inc., 450 Business Park Lane in Allentown with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia 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.

Attorney Martin Milz, who represents Local 19, has filed at least four ULP’s against M.B.I. HVAC Inc.

Mr. Milz alleges the employer stated on multiple occasions that it would “never sit down with Local 19″ and “never reach an agreement if the Union were successful in the election”. Also, the employer told a group of bargaining unit employees they would “lose pay and be made apprentices in the event the Union was successful”.