Four Seasons Environmental, Inc., (2016)

Docket Number:10-CA-164737

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Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. and International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 926. Case 10–CA–164737

February 12, 2016



This is a refusal-to-bargain case in which the Respondent is contesting the Union’s certification as bargaining representative in the underlying representation proceeding. Pursuant to a charge filed by International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 926 (the Union), the General Counsel issued the complaint on December 8, 2015, alleging that Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. (the Respondent) has violated Section 8(a)(5) and (1) of the Act by failing and refusing to recognize and bargain with the Union following the Union’s certification in Case 10–RC–144025. (Official notice is taken of the record in the representation proceeding as defined in the Board’s Rules and Regulations, Secs. 102.68 and 102.69(d). Frontier Hotel, 265 NLRB 343 (1982).) The Respondent filed an answer admitting in part and denying in part the allegations of the complaint, and asserting affirmative defenses.

On January 5, 2016, the General Counsel filed a Motion for Summary Judgment. On January 12, 2016, the Board issued an order transferring the proceeding to the Board and a Notice to Show Cause why the motion should not be granted. The Respondent filed a response.

The National Labor Relations Board has delegated its authority in this proceeding to a three-member panel.

Ruling on Motion for Summary Judgment

The Respondent admits its refusal to bargain, but contests the validity of the Union’s certification based on its objections to conduct alleged to have affected the results of the election in the representation proceeding.

All representation issues raised by the Respondent were or could have been litigated in the prior representation proceeding. The Respondent does not offer to adduce at a hearing any newly discovered or previously unavailable evidence, nor does it allege any special circumstances that would require the Board to reexamine the decision made in the representation proceeding. We therefore find that the Respondent has not raised any representation issue that is properly litigable in this unfair labor practice proceeding. See Pittsburgh Plate

Glass Co. v. NLRB, 313 U.S. 146, 162 (1941). Accordingly, we grant the Motion for Summary Judgment.1

On the entire record, the Board makes the following FINDINGS OF FACT


    At all material times, the Respondent has been a corporation with an office and place of business in Atlanta, Georgia and has been engaged in providing maintenance services for entities including...

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