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Teamsters Union Local 773 wants to represent Kraft workers

09.26.08

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

Teamsters Union Local 773 wants to represent Kraft workers

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

ALLENTOWN, September 16th- 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 in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a Representation Election to determine if employees of the Kraft Foods facility in Allentown want to be represented by the union.

According to the petition, filed with the NLRB on September 15th and obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the petition is supported by at least 30 percent of the workers at the Kraft Foods facility located at 7352 Industrial Boulevard in Allentown. Kraft operates a warehouse and distribution center at the location.

Under NLRB rules, a labor organization must have the signitures of at least 30 percent of the workers before they can request the agency conduct a election to determine if they want to be represented by a union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

According to information listed on the petition, there are presently 35 employees in the unit of workers. Local 773 stated a request was made to the company for the voluntary recognition of the union as the employees bargaining representative but they did not reply.

The petition was filed on behalf of Local 773 by Attorney Cassie Ehrenberg who address is listed as 1650 Market Street in Philadelphia.

According to the petition, the union wants all full-time and regular part-time drivers, mechanics and miscellaneous labor personnel to participate in the election.

The union wants all other employees, guards and supervisors as defined in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) excluded from participating in the election.

The person named on the petition as the employer representative to contact is Sandy Demasko indentified as the Kraft Foods Human Resources Officer.

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