Amerace Corp., 988 (1963)

Docket Number:08-RC-04540


Upon petitions duly filed under Section 9(c) of the National Labor Relations Act, a consolidated hearing was held before Bernard Levine, hearing officer. The hearing officer's rulings made at the hearing are free from prejudicial error and are hereby affirmed.

Upon the entire record the Board finds:

1. The Employer is engaged in commerce within the meaning of the Act.

2. The labor organizations involved claim to represent employees of the Employer.' 3. For the following reasons we find that no questions exist concerning the representation of employees of the Employer.

The Intervenor has represented the production and maintenance employees of the Employer since 1936.' The Petitioners seek to sever from that unit five units of alleged craftsmen who work in the Employer's maintenance department. We deny the requests because, in 1 Local No. 15, United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America, AFLCIO, herein called the Intervenor, was permitted to intervene at the hearing The record indicates that the separate Petitioners herein were established after the Board's unpublished decision in an earlier proceeding involving this Employer (Case No.

8-RC-3538, December 21, 1959 ). They exist for the purpose of dealing with the Employer concerning the wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment of the types of employees stated in their names. We find that they are labor organizations within the meaning of the Act.

2 Prior to 1950 this unit included powerhouse employees who, since then, have been represented by Local 821, Operating Engineers. In 1957 the Employer became, as it now is, a division of Amerace Corporation, but this did not change the representation of the employees.

142 NLRB No. 116.

AMERICAN HARD RUBBER CO., A DIV. OF AMERACE CORP. 989 our view, the record supports a finding that none of the proposed groups-which are sufficiently described by,the names of the respective Petitioners-is a true craft.

The employees sought are all under the supervision of the maintenance foreman; there are no separate supervisors for each group.

Each group has a separate work station. They work without much supervision and have separate seniority for layoff and recall. There is cross-bidding for jobs and there have been transfers into these groups from other parts of the plant.

We note first that there is no apprenticeship program for any of these employees at this time. In 1946 there was such a program for machinists only, but it has not been in effect for some time, and only one machinist...

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