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National Labor Relations Board conducts Union election at Americold Bethlehem warehouse


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

National Labor Relations Board conducts Union election at Americold Bethlehem warehouse


BETHLEHEM, April 11th- The International Brotherhood of Teamters (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 an election to determine if the employees of Americold Bethlehem want to be represented by the union and on March 31st the workers voted against unionizing.

However, the newspaper has learned the union filed a complaint with the NLRB alleging the company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) during their campaign.

Local 773 filed the petition on February 20th requesting the agency conduct the election to determine if approximately 215 full-time and regular part-time forklift operators, cleaners, maintenance, inventory control, cycle counter, and line leaders workers of the food products warehouse operated by the company on Brodhead Road in Bethlehem wanted to be union represented.

The workers voted 118 against unionizing to 70 being represented by Local 773.

On April 14th, the union amended their Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed with the NLRB that was first filed on February 17th. The Union alleges the Employer, through its representatives, beginning November 1st, 2008 has engaged in unlawful conduct against Union organizers and pro-Union employees.

The complaint alleges the Employer threatened employees with loss of their jobs because of their support of the Union; discriminated against pro-union employees by threatening them with loss of their jobs engage in Union activity during work time while simultaneously allowing anti-Union employees to engage in anti-Union activity during work; and telling certain employees who attended group meetings to keep the content of the meetings confidential and not to share them with other employees.

Charles Harrison is the employer representative named to be contacted on the ULP.

The complaint is under investigation by the NLRB.

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