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SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Union files labor complaint

02.26.09

March 2009 Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Union files labor complaint

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

EASTON, February 16th- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, formerly known as SEIU 1199P, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Region Four in Philadelphia alleging Praxis Nursing Home, Washington Street in Easton, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

On February 5th, 2009, the union filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the NLRB alleging the nursing home operator violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and subsection (5) of the NLRAct.

According to the complaint, obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the principal product or service is indentified as providing healthcare to the elderly at the Washington Street facility.

The Unfair Labor Practice states there are 58 workers employed by Praxis at the nursing home.

The newspaper reviews representation petitions and complaints filed at the NLRB office in Philadelphia, which has jurisdiction throughout southeastern and northeastern Pennsylvania including Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The newspaper will request copies of any petition or complaint for the intent of publishing the information if it involves any labor organization or employer in the Lehigh Valley.

According to the complaint filed on February 5th by the SEIU, Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, the employer representative to be contacted is Janine Causorano, indentified as the Nursing Home Administrator. Mr. Carlos Rivera, indentified as an SEIU Organizer, filed the complaint on behalf of the union.

The Unfair Labor Practice states the “Employer is refusing to bargain collectively with the representatives of the employees.”

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania’s largest healthcare workers union, representing more than 20,000 employees in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, and state facilities.

The complaint is now under investigation by the agency.

Labor supported Teen Works votes to provide funds for three more community projects

02.26.09

March 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Labor supported Teen Works votes to provide funds for three more community projects

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

LEHIGH VALLEY, February 18th- The Teen Works Board of Directors voted to help fund three community projects being conducted by area teens from throughout the Lehigh Valley. The organization held a meeting on February 10th at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley building in Bethlehem Township. Meetings of the Board of Directors are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month, depending on if the organization received any applications for grants by any teens or youth groups.

Unions from throughout the Lehigh Valley contribute funds that is donated to area teens involved with a project to help the region. The program is a agency of the Greater Lehigh Valley United Way. All funds donated by the labor organizations is used to support the Teen Works program.

School students ask the Teen Works Board of Directors for financial help to conduct a community project in the Lehigh Valley. Under the program teen(s) must first complete an application for the financial help and attend a meeting.

Ron Achey, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation, Greater Lehigh Valley United Way Labor Liaison, the go-between the labor community in the Lehigh Valley and the community based organization, and co-ordinator of the Teen Works program, stated funds donated to be used for providing grants has decreased over the past several years and the group may need to adjust the maximum grant that can be obtained down-ward in 2009. Currently, the most funds that can be provided for any community project is $1,000.00.

Boy Scout Troop 431 member Derek Weber of Macungie Township received a grant of $1,000.00 from the organization to construct a Memorial Garden for fallen soldiers that served in the Iraq War. The teen wants to construct the garden on the Lower Macungie Township Building property in a location to be determined later. The plan is to begin the project around late April.

Boy Scout Troop 335 member Angelo Fattore of Bethlehm had requested the organization provide funds for his project to repair and fix the food pantry that has no shelving and minimal light at the Northeast Ministry in Bethlehem. The goal is to move the food from boxes and wooden pallets and on shelving that could be organized and ready to be used.

However, the teen was successful in obtaining the needed funding elsewhere, and stated he no longer was requesting the organization donate funding for his project. Teen Works decided to give a $200.00 grant to purchase food for the pantry.

Boy Scout Troop 431 member Brandon Tunkel of Allentown, received a grant of $700.00 for his project. The teen received the grant to help purchase materials to construct a handicap accessible ramp and stairway for a portable classroom at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Macungie Township. The youth stated he offered to build the ramp so the classroom would pass the handicap code.