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Employees reject union in rerun election at Texas fire sprinkler company

Employees at a Texas company that installs and repairs fire sprinkler systems rejected union representation in an election that was rerun pursuant to a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board.

Results of the late-February election at Waco-based Fire & Access Control Systems.com, doing business as Jerry Dickerson Automatic Fire Protection, were  9-to-2 against joining the Road Sprinkler Fitters Local Union No. 669, U.A., AFL-CIO, with six challenged ballots. Results were certified by the NLRB regional office last week.

The union lost the original election by three votes, then filed charges alleging the employer engaged in unfair labor practices leading up to and following the vote, including discharges and refusals to hire. Under the settlement agreement, five employees were offered reinstatement and awarded $45,000 in backpay, and the new election was scheduled.

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the authority to safeguard employees’ rights to organize and to determine whether to have a union as their collective bargaining representative, and to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

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