Workers at a plumbing company reject the union

Turner Plumbing employees in Tuscaloosa voted against forming a union, according to a company press release.

The vote, organized on January 17 by the National Labor Relations Board in Birmingham, saw 20 employees vote against the union and two vote in favor of unionizing.

Plumbers and Pipefitters Union 372 filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 26 calling for an election to allow the union to represent the 24 plumbers and plumbers’ helpers employed by Turner Plumbing.

According to council rules, union elections must be held by secret ballot and overseen by the National Labor Relations Board within three weeks of filing a petition.

The January 17 election was overseen by Joseph Webb of the NLRB’s Birmingham office.

“The wide margin of victory in this election demonstrates that Turner Plumbing employees value their job security, their relationships with supervisors and management…” said Bruce Henderson, attorney at the law firm Phelps Jenkins. Gibson and Fowler in Tuscaloosa, which represented Turner Plumbing in elections for union representation.

Tim Pierce of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 372 represented the union in the election.