Thursday, April 29, 1999

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NLRB blocks move to decertify union

        The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dismissed a petition to decertify the Teamsters as the representative union of the Overnite Transportation Co.'s Cincinnati-area employees.

        In an April 13 letter to Stephen A. Wingerberg, the Overnite employee spearheading the decertification, NLRB regional director Richard L. Ahearn said Overnite's recent settlement with the union mandates that the company meet with the union on request. Because of that, “no question concerning the unions' status as the employees' representative may be raised until a reasonable period of time for such bargaining has elapsed.”

        Both the company and petitioner have appealed the dismissal.

        A petition containing signatures of 41 of the 94 represented workers was filed with the NLRB in August 1998. Truck drivers and dock workers at Overnite's Sharonville terminal voted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in August 1997.

Local closing costs jobs in media buying
        The Cincinnati office of Western Initiative Media Worldwide, a division of global agency Interpublic Group of Companies Inc., closed Monday, idling 12 media buyers and planners.

        The media planning and buying operations of the Cincinnati office will shift to Cleveland, said a company representative in Los Angeles, who would not comment further on the closing.

        Western Initiative Media Worldwide is the largest independent media services company in the world with $10 billion in annual billings. The company employs 2,800 people at 74 offices in 35 countries, according to a company Web site.

Cincom deal expands use of Mantis software
        Cincom Systems Inc., a Springdale software developer, and CST Inc., Atlanta, have announced a technical, sales and marketing agreement that allows users of Cincom's Mantis rapid application development software to develop Web-enabled applications.

        Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed, but Cincom said it has licensed CST's Jacada software and integrated it in its own development tools. Cincom said it also plans to use Jacada to enhance its own application development environment.

Women encouraged in career development
        About 200 female employees of Ernst & Young's six-city Ohio Valley region participated in a daylong seminar this week in Cincinnati to unveil the accounting firm's Access (Accelerating Shared Success) program to enhance career development and networking for women.

        Although Ernst & Young was named one of the top 100 places to work by Working Mother magazine last year, the company wants to do a better job of retaining female workers, a spokesman said.

        “While 50 percent of the firm's entry-level hires are women, this number declines over time,” said Kathy Smith, a partner in the Ohio Valley area.

        The Access Program teams each female worker with either a partner as mentor or in larger groups of circles or spheres of co-workers and mentors to meet quarterly and discuss issues that affect them and their careers.

        The Cincinnati meeting was one of 12 within Ernst & Young to introduce the Access program, which supplements existing counseling and career development programs.

       



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