Puritan Caribbean, Inc., 995 (1970)

Docket Number:24-RC-03561
 
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PURITAN CARIBBEAN, INC. 995

Puritan Caribbean, Inc. and International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, AFL-CIO, Petitioner.

Case 24-RC-3561

January 28, 1970 DECISION ON REVIEW AND

DIRECTION OF ELECTION

BY CHAIRMAN MCCULLOCH AND MEMBERS

FANNING AND BROWN

On December 13, 1968, the Regional Director for Region 24 issued his Decision and Order in the above-entitled proceeding, in which he dismissed a petition for a unit of production and maintenance employees at the Employer's Cidra, Puerto Rico plant, finding that the Employer and Puritana Manufacturing Corporation' constitute a single employer and that the requested unit, which excludes the latter 's production and maintenance employees at Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, is inappropriate. Thereafter, the Petitioner filed a timely request for review of the Regional Director's Decision on the grounds that his unit finding was contrary to precedent. The Employer filed a statement in opposition. By telegraphic Order dated April 11, 1969, the National Labor Relations Board granted review.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 3(b) of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, the Board has delegated its powers in connection with this case to a three-member panel.

The Board has considered the entire record with respect to the issues under review, and makes the following findings:

The Petitioner contends that the record facts support a finding that the Cidra employees it seeks to represent constitute an appropriate single plant unit. We agree.

Puritana, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Puritan Sportswear Corporation,' began operations in Aguas Buenas in 1962 , with the acquisition of the equipment and buildings of Superior Knitting Corporation, Alto Manufacturing Corporation, and Insular Dye Works, Inc., which respectively performed knitting, looping and finishing, and dyeing operations in the manufacture of full-fashioned sweaters. Puritana combined these operations in one building at Aguas Buenas, utilizing approximately 400 employees.

Some time before January 1, 1968, Puritan Sportswear foresaw the necessity of expanding Puritana knitting operations. Being unable to build on Puritana's existing Aguas Buenas property because of a power company easement which would not be voided, it decided to build a facility to house the Puritana knitting operations at Cidra, about 7 'Herein referred to as Puritans.

'Herein referred to as Puritan Sportswear miles distant. The Employer was incorporated, primarily for tax...

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