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Woodman’s hearing continues

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JAMES P. LEUTE
February 18, 2008
— A hearing continues over a petition to decertify the union that represents workers at four Woodman’s stores, and it’s likely to continue for some time, a federal official said.

In late January, the National Labor Relations Board opened a hearing on the petition to decertify United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1473 as the bargaining unit for the 900-plus employees at Woodman’s stores in Janesville, Beloit and Madison.


The hearing was continued until Feb. 12, and it could continue for a couple more weeks, according to Irving Gottschalk of the NLRB in Milwaukee.


The union has subpoenaed the records of employees at the four stores, and Gottschalk said it will take time for the parties and NLRB hearing examiners to go over the records.


At the conclusion of the hearings, the NLRB will determine the validity of the petition, which was signed by at least 30 percent of the union employees. If ruled valid, the petition could lead to a vote to decertify Local 1473 as the bargaining unit for the employees, whose contract expires in March.


Woodman’s operates 11 stores with a 12th set to open this spring in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek. With the opening of that store, half of the 12 stores will be unionized.



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