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Unions want to represent workers in the Lehigh Valley

05.23.08

June 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Unions want to represent workers in the Lehigh Valley

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, May 18th- A review by the newspaper shows there were four petitions filed by unions in the Lehigh Valley over the past six weeks with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct elections to determine if workers wanted to be represented by a union. Three of the four were filed by the same labor organization, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 773 on Hamilton Street, Allentown.

The newspaper requested the information through the Freedom of Information Act during the week of May 12th.

Under NLRB rules, before the agency will conduct a election of employees to determine if they want to be union represented, the petition requesting the election must be supported by at least 30 percent of the workers.

Additionally, a labor organization must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the eligible voting employees in the election before they become the bargaining representative of the workers. The employer can recognize the union as the bargaining representative of the employees without the NLRB conducting an election.

On May 5th, 2008, Local 773 filed two petitions with the NLRB requesting a election be conducted at separate employers in the Lehigh Valley. The union requested the NLRB conduct a election to determine if six employees at BASF, Penn Drive in Allentown, wants the union to represent them.

The union wants to represent all employees working in the positions of production coordinator, labor technician/quality control and plant operator. They all requesting office workers and secretaries be excluded from being able to participate in the election.

The union also petitioned on May 5th for the agency to conduct a election for seven employees of AIM Leasing, Industrial Boulevard in Allentown. The union wants to represent all regular full-time mechanics employed by AIM Leasing at its Breinigsville facility. The union requested all other employees, part-time employees, guards and supervisors be excluded from participating in the election.

The final petition filed by Local 773 is to conduct an election at Phillips Feed and Pet Supply, Siver Crest Road in Bath. According to the petition, filed on May 9th, the union wants to represent around 60 workers of the pet food warehouse. The union wants all warehouse employees including shippers, forklift operators, receivers, pickers, loaders, and laborers to participate in the election. They want all secretarial staff, supervisors and truck drivers excluded from voting.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375, Liberty Street in Allentown, filed a petition with the NLRB on May 5th to conduct a election at Bollinger Electric Inc., North Madison Street in Allentown.

According to the petition, the union wants around 20 full-time and regular part-time electrical workers employed by Bollinger Electric, a electrical contractor, at their Madison Street facility to participate in the election. Local 375 request all plumbers, office clericals and supervisors be excluded from voting.

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