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Sheet Metal Workers Union files additional ULP complaint

08.28.13

AUGUST 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Sheet Metal Workers Union files additional ULP complaint

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 13th- The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Union Local 19 in Philadelphia, which represents SMWIA members throughout the Lehigh Valley, continues to file additional labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a Lehigh Valley construction company violated multible sections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

In previous news articles published exclusively in this newspaper, it was reported that Local 19 has filed multible Unfair Labor Practices (ULP’s) against M.B.I. HVAC Inc., 450 Business Park Lane in Allentown, with the NLRB alleging the HVAC construction and service work company violated the NLRAct leading-up to the NLRB conducted representation election involving their employees.

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 voted for union representation of Local 19 while 3 voted against union representation for the purpose of collective bargaining. Under NLRB rules a labor organization must receive at least percent plus one of the eligible voting employees to become their bargaining representative.

Local 19 challenged two of the workers eligibity to participate in the election and since filed multible ULP charges since the election was conducted alleging the Employer violated the NLRAct.

Local 19 filed a ULP against the construction contractor alleging the Employer interred with conditions necessary to conduct a fair election. The company the night before the election, without explanation or notice to employees, disabled the use of company issued cellular phones to inhibit communication among the unit of employees. Also, a ULP alleged a company representative threatened a known union supporter in advance of a NLRB hearing regarding previous filed labor complaints.

The latest complaint was filed on July 1st, 2013 by William Dorward, Local 19 Area Marketing Representative. The ULP alleges the Employer had concealed the fact that it had given a bargaining unit employee a secret loan in exchange for his vote in the election that was later reversed by the NLRB.