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UAW files another complaint against bus company

12.26.08

January 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

UAW files another complaint against bus company

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

NORTHAMPTON, December 15th- The United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers (UAW) Union filed a second complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia alleging First Student Transportation Inc. violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was exclusively reported the UAW Amalgamated Union Local 677 in Allentown filed a complaint on October 28th, 2008 with the NLRB alleging the company violated the NLRAct for not bargaining in good faith.

Local 677 won the right to bargain for 111 employees of First Student Transportation Inc., Beersville Road in Northampton, after the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board conducted a election in June 2008 and the employees voted 76 for to 27 against being represented by the union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

First Student Transporation Inc. provides bus service for the Northampton Area School District. The units of employees that voted to be represented by the UAW are bus drivers and mechanics.
Local 677 represents four units of workers employed at Mack Trucks Inc. in Allentown and Macungie Township and employees of AmeriCold Logistics and workers of Lower Saucon Township.

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed by the UAW Region 9 office in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania on October 28th, 2008, First Student Transportation Inc. is alleged to have violated Section 8 (a)(5) of the NLRAct when the company refused to provide information to the Union relevant and necessary for bargaining despite two requests.

The charge states the company failed to provide information to the union requested on July 17th, 2008 and September 9th, 2008, which was necessary for bargaining to obtained a first time contract agreement between the parties. The complaint was obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act.

According to the second complaint, also obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, it is alleged by the union the employer engaged in committing additional violations of the National Labor Relations Act.

The United Auto Workers alleges the company refuses to bargain with the Union by directly dealing and negotiating with the employees that are represented by the UAW.

Also, it is alleged the company violated the National Labor Relations Act by unilaterally implementing a new employee handbook.

The second charge was filed on December 3rd, 2008 by Joseph Robinson, indentified on the complaint as a International Representative at the UAW Region 9 office in Fort Washington.

The employer representative named on the complaints to be contacted is Wayne Prutzman, indentified as the company Manager.

Under NLRB rules, complaint(s) will be investigated by the agency and if merit is found a hearing will be scheduled.

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