Hanover unionization may move forward

The time for waiting has passed and a union for Hanover employees may move forward.

A while ago Hanover employees discussed forming a union and contacted the Teamster Local 264 Chapter in Buffalo.

In April, Teamsters Local 264 Secretary Treasurer Darrin Ziemba confirmed a letter was sent to Hanover Town Supervisor Todd Johnson requesting voluntary action and giving the town 30 days to respond.

Since that time, Johnson and town officials have refused to confirm, deny or comment on any questions regarding Hanover employees attempting to unionize.

Ziemba refused to comment further until May 8, when the town of Hanover had had its 30 days to respond.

He was recently contacted and said he did not receive a reply from town officials.

“I did not receive a response from the town, but I did get a response from council, saying who will represent the town in this process,” he said.

Ziemba said he has filed for a hearing with the Employee Public Relations Board in Buffalo.

“I am still waiting to hear from them on a date for the hearing,” he added, noting it could take some time to schedule the hearing.

Ziemba said the Employee Public Relations Board is a government-run hearing presided over by an administrative law judge.

“Typically, if there is a challenge to a claim, they make it known at that time. The unit is defined for who is eligible to be in the unit,” he said.

Ziemba added that he attended the Hanover Town Board meeting on May 12. There was no mention of anything related to employees unionizing at the meeting or any others prior. Johnson again refused to comment at that meeting.

Hanover is represented by Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro. The town board’s next meeting will be on May 27.

Under the Taylor Law of New York state (article 14 of the civil service law), public employees have the right to organize under a union of their choosing. It requires public employers to negotiate with the union on terms and conditions of employment. This law also defines improper practices by unions and prohibits strikes. More information on PERB can be found at