Union, members allege employer violated union law

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 5, 2019

BENTON —A union and several union members are suing their employer for allegedly failing to provide fringe benefit reports and contributions. 

Plumbers and Fitters Local Union 101, Scott Deitz, Daniel McKenna, Matt Biekart, James Lugge, Gary Vasquez and Albert Roscow in their representative capacities as trustees of the Pumbers and Fitters Local 101 Health and Welfare Fund and of the Local 101 Pension, Supplemental Pension and Supplemental 401(k) Pension Fund and of the Plumbers and Piperfitters Local 101 Joint Apprentice and Journeyman Training Trust filed a complaint on March 28 in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois against Mark E. Luttman, an individual doing business as Luttman Plumbing alleging breach of union law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges Luttman was party to and bound by collective bargaining agreements with the union to make monthly reports on all covered employees. The reports were supposed to show all hours worked and gross wages of each employee to contribute to a monthly basis to the union funds and pay employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. 

However, the plaintiff alleges that despite demands, the defendant failed to submit the monthly fringe benefit reports and contributions. 

The plaintiff is seeking judgment for delinquent contributions, liquidated damages, costs, accounting fees and reasonable attorneys' fees and other relief deemed fit. The plaintiff is represented by Greg A. Campbell of Hammond and Shinners P.C. in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:19-CV-00353-SMY-GCS

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