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ATU Local 1603 alleges bus operator violated NLRAct

08.28.13

AUGUST 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

ATU Local 1603 alleges bus operator violated NLRAct

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 15th- The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1603, P.O. Box 2034, Lehigh Valley, filed several labor complaints with the The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a local bus operator violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The ATU filed the Unfair Labor Practice’s (ULP’s) against Brandywine-Lehigh Transportation LLC, State Street in Mertztown, Pennsylvania, which operates a bus facility in Center Valley and provides transportation services for the Southern Lehigh School District.

The newspaper discovered the ULP’s while reviewing ULP’s and Representation Petitions filed at the NLRB Region Four office.

According to a complaint filed on May 31st, 2013, Local 1603 alleges since on or about May 28th, 2013 the company refuses to bargain in good faith by conducting a secret ballot poll of bargaining unit employees to determine their support for the Union. ATU Local 1603 is the recognized bargaining representative for bus drivers and other related employees at the Employer’s facility in Center Valley.

The ULP alleges the Employer’s allegation of good faith reasonable doubt as to the Union’s majority staus is unsupported, the complaint states.

The ULP’s were filed on behalf of the Local 1603 by Allentown Attorney Quintes Taglioli.

The ULP’s state the number of workers employed by Brandywine-Lehigh Transportation at the Center Valley facility is 100.

The second complaint was filed on June 19th, 2013 and alleges the Employer terminated Jadell Rehrig because of her membership and activities on behalf of ATU Local 1603 and at all times since has refused to hire her.

According to the ULP, the Union had a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with First Student Inc., which provided bus service for the Southern Lehigh School District. In August 2012 Brandywine-Lehigh Transportation commenced bus service operations for the Southern Lehigh School District replacing First Student Inc.

The Employer hired the majority of employees of First Student Inc. and Ms. Rehrig was one of the employees. CBA negotiations commenced between the two parties and Ms. Rehrig attended one of the meetings and thereafter she was terminated, the ULP alleges.