International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers
Jim Flickinger - President
Tony Davis - Vice President
Donny Irvin - Secretary/Treasurer
Kenneth Henley - General Counsel
"Workers Representing DuPont, Bemis and INVISTA Workers"
WORKERS AT DUPONT'S TOWANDA, PA FACILITY CONTINUE TO SHOW INTEREST IN THE IBDW
It has been almost two years since Representatives of the IBDW went into Towanda to have open meetings with the workers who were concerned about their working conditions, wages and benefits. Since that time, workers at Towanda continue to discuss their concerns with the IBDW.
The effort to form an independent local union at the Towanda, PA facility is a grass roots effort. Employees are discussing their concerns with each other and with the IBDW. Hopefully, the workers at Towanda will see this effort grow to the point where an NLRB Election for union representation will be held.
If you are a Towanda employee and would like to learn more, call Tony Davis (the IBDW Vice President of Organizing) at (563) 503-9515 or email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local News Article
The Daily & Sunday Review
DuPont employees at North Towanda plant may unionize
By: James Loewenstein
September 6, 2006
Workers at DuPont's North Towanda plant might unionize, according to company and union officials.
A union, the International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers, will be holding meetings this week with employees from DuPont's North Towanda plant as a step toward possibly unionizing production and other hourly workers at the plant, said Jim Flickinger, president of the union.
At the meetings, which will take place at the Comfort Inn in Wysox Township, the union will provide information about itself and learn more about the concerns of workers at the plant, he said.
If there is sufficient interest among workers, the union would seek to be recognized as the legal collective bargaining unit for the workers, he said.
The union is holding the meetings at the request of several employees of the North Towanda plant, he said. The employees had expressed dissatisfaction about the way workers were being treated by management at the plant, Flickinger said.
There are approximately 450 hourly workers at the plant, said Mark Kocan, the human resources manager at the plant. All have been invited to the meetings with the union.
manager of the plant, disputed the notion that management was not treating
workers well. "We go out of our way to treat our people fairly," Rodenhizer
said. "Unfortunately, you can't make everybody happy." He said he was confident
that the majority of the workers feel that they are being treated fairly at the
plant. "We are confident that our workers do not need to be represented" by the
union, Kocan said.
To gain recognition as the collective bargaining unit for hourly workers, the National Labor Relations Board would likely hold an election in which hourly employees would vote on whether they wanted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers, he said.
Once recognized as
the employees' union, the union would enter into collective bargaining with
DuPont to seek a contract for workers that would cover issues such as benefits
and wages, Flickinger said.
Flickinger declined to provide details about the complaints about management that were made by the DuPont employees.
International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers represents more than 3,500 employees
at eight current or former DuPont facilities, he said.
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