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International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union Local 773 wins union election

02.24.09

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

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union Local 773 wins union election

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

MACUNGIE, January 23rd- The International Brotherhood of Teamters (IBT) Union Local 773, Hamilton Street in Allentown, won the right to represent 137 workers of First Student Inc. employed as bus drivers, mechanics, and washers in Macungie Township. All other employees, guards and supervisors were excluded from participating in the election.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia conducted the Representation Election on January 23rd at the company’s facility on Route 100 in Macungie.

According to the NLRB, 75 First Student Inc. employees voted to be represented by the union with 49 voting against. Under NLRB rules, a labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the eligible voting employees to become their bargaining representative.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was exclusively reported Local 773 filed a petition with the NLRB on December 23rd, 2008. Local 773 requested the agency conduct a election to determine if the employees wanted the union to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining.

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