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Rebar crew organizing opportunity eludes territorial Iron Workers

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

A National Labor Relations Board official has dismissed an International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Philadelphia Council petition to conduct a representation election for a proposed bargaining unit under Ohio-based rebar placement specialist R&R Steel LLC.

The union sought the election amid work a six- to 11-member crew was performing on a Bordentown, N.J., warehouse project for Midwest Concrete Constructors, to whom R&R provides rebar placement services—at a fixed cost per ton—on commercial jobs in multiple regions. The Iron Workers recognized the limited Bordentown schedule while anticipating the steel subcontractor's prospects for future Midwest Concrete jobs in a petitioned-for geographic area: New Jersey, Delaware plus one Maryland and 33 eastern Pennsylvania counties.

"The Employer has met its burden to establish that the cessation of its operations in the area is imminent and certain," NLRB Region Four Acting Director Richard Heller notes in a mid-March decision. "Therefore, I find that no useful purpose would be served in conducting an election at this time."