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 tonynheather@mchsi.com.

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.

Jim Rodenhizer, 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.

Currently, there are no unions at the plant, he 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.

It would be up to the National Labor Relations Board to determine the extent of workers who would be included in the collective bargaining unit, he said.

Flickinger declined to provide details about the complaints about management that were made by the DuPont employees.

The International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers represents more than 3,500 employees at eight current or former DuPont facilities, he said.

 

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