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Labor council reacts to court decision on union posters

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 16 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 05:35:41 PM CDT

The Lehigh Valley Labor Council is slamming a recent court decision that says workplaces no longer have to display union education posters.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The Lehigh Valley Labor Council is slamming a recent court decision that says workplaces no longer have to display union education posters.

Council President Gregg Potter held a news conference Friday outside the shuttered 24/7 Fitness Center in Allentown.

The club's owner, John Brinson, sued to have the posters removed and won in a federal appeals court.

Brinson has called unions a "disruption" in the workplace.

But Potter says unions work with businesses not against them.

"Our local building trades were just honored by the chamber of commerce for the work that they did, providing over a million dollars of donations and in-kind donations over the last three years during the most horrific recession in history," said Potter.

Potter says Brinson, not unions, is to blame for the financial troubles of his own business.

The 24/7 clubs filed for bankruptcy a year ago.

Brinson says his company was hurt by the recession.

He says the clubs emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization after only 6 weeks and he says the shuttered Allentown location is under contract for sale through a broker.