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IUOE Local 542 unsuccessful in NLRB conducted election

04.27.13

MAY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

IUOE Local 542 unsuccessful in NLRB conducted election

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, April 4th- The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 542, Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, was unsuccessful in their attempt to represent several workers of a local heavy equipment contractor.

Local 542 represent members of the IUOE throughout the Lehigh Valley. IUOE members operate heavy construction equipment on construction sites, including cranes and bulldozers.

The IUOE filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if two employees of Great Western Services Inc., 3rd Street in Allentown, wanted to be represented by Local 542 for the purpose of collective bargaining.

Frank Bankard, Local 542 Organizer, filed the petition on behalf of the Union on March 1st, 2013.

According to the NLRB, the Union received one vote while one employee voted against unionization.

Under NLRB rules, a labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the eligible to vote employees to become their bargaining representative for the purpose of collective bargaining. Therefore, the tie vote indicates the union was unsuccessful in their attempt to represent the Great Western Services workers.

According to the petition, which was reviewed by the newspaper, the Union requested all mechanics employed in the shop and or doing field repair work participate in the election.

Local 542 requested that all other employees, including supervisors, managers, clerical and guards be excluded from participating in the election.

The NLRB conducted the representation election on March 21st, 2013.