Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Union Files Lawsuit against United Design

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Union Files Lawsuit against United Design

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The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000 filed a lawsuit Thursday against United Design Corp. of Noble on behalf of 30 employees allegedly not paid for all their time at work.

Frank Deriso, organizing director for the union's Oklahoma City office, said the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.

"They have people working off the clock to meet daily quotas," he said. "People are going to work early and staying late to meet quotas which qualify them for bonuses."

Gary Clinton, the president of United Design, said the union claims are false.

"We don't do anything here that is not of the utmost integrity and honesty," he said. "It has never been our intent to do any of the things the union accuses us of."

Clinton said the suit is probably a "desperate attempt" in the union's bid to recruit new members.

"I'm not surprised, because we have a union election scheduled April 27," said Clinton, who started the figurine manufacturer with his wife, Jean, in 1973.

"The union has filed complaints in an almost continuous stream against United Design," he said, "but until we get an opportunity to review the official documents filed, we will have no comment on the lawsuit."

According to a spokesman for the National Labor Relations Board regional office in Kansas City, Kan., the secret-ballot vote of United Design's 650 employees was prompted by a July 1989 petition, amended Jan. 29 to include the signatures of 450 workers.

In a statement, the union said the lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to recoup "lost wages for any and all employees who have been deprived of their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. …

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