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IBT Local 773 attempting to represent area truck drivers

06.03.13

JUNE 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

IBT Local 773 attempting to represent area truck drivers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 15th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 773, Hamilton Street in Allentown, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a election to deternie if employees of a Breinigsville employer want the union to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The newspaper discovered the Certification Petition while reviewing labor complaints and/or petitions filed at the NLRB office.

The Union News is the only member of the media in the Lehigh Valley that reviews and publishes articles regarding the information.

Local 773 President Dennis Hower filed the petition on behalf of the union. The Employer Representative stated on the petition to be contacted is Joshua Jones. Mr. Jones position with the Employer is not identified.

According to the NLRB, the agency will conduct the election of approximately 30 eligible to vote employees of KeHE Distributors, Nestle Way, Breinigsville on May 31st. There will be two voting times held at the transportation facility.

The IBT requested that all full-time and regular part-time truck drivers employed at the company’s Breinigsville facility and its domicile in Parsippany, New Jersey, be allowed to participate in the representation election. The NLRB granted their request.

Under National Labor Relations Board rules, a labor organization must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the eligible voting employees to become their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining.

Also, the newspaper discovered Local 773 filed a labor complaint with the NLRB alleging Pratt Corrugated Logistics, Industrial Park Way, Macungie Township, management violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge alleges the Employer violated the NLRAct by giving employee, Luis Hernadez, a written warning because of his support for the Union and/or in retaliation for his testimony at a agency proceeding. The alleged violation occurred on April 4th, 2013, the ULP states.