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Lackawanna County Public Defenders become IBT members

04.24.13

APRIL 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Lackawanna County Public Defenders become IBT members

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 25th- Lackawanna County Public Defenders, First Assistants and Assistant Public Defenders have become members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 229, North Main Avenue in Scranton.

According to Craig Pawlik, Secretary/Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 229, which represents IBT members throughout Lackawanna County, the County Democratic Majority Commissioners, Corey O’Brien and Jim Wansacz, agreed to recognize IBT Local 229 as the employees collective bargaining representative after first refusing to do so.

The issue of the approximately ten employees of the Lackawanna County Public defenders office attempting to become members of the IBT for the purpose of collective bargaining was exclusively published in the February edition of the Union News.

The Union filed a Representation Petition with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) in Harrisburg after first requesting the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office recognize Local 229 as the employees bargaining representative.

Mr. Pawlik told the newspaper Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Wansacz were asked to recognize Local 229 as the employees bargaining representative however they first refused. The request was made on January 8th, and was refused on January 9th, Mr. Pawlik stated.

Nine of the ten employees of Lackawanna County Public Defenders office signed authorization cards requesing the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board conduct a representation election to determine if they wanted Local 229 to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining.

A labor organization must receive fifty percent plus one of the participating eligible to vote employee to become their bargaining representative.

Mr. Pawlik told the newspaper there are employment issues currently within the Lackawanna County Public Defenders office that have resulted in the employees seeking the protection of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with Lackawanna County.

Officials of Local 229 and Lackawanna County have began to bargain for a first-time labor agreement for the employees.

SEIU wins election for Wilkes-Barre nursing home LPN’s

04.24.13

APRIL 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

SEIU wins election for Wilkes-Barre nursing home LPN’s

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 22nd- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, North Second Street in Harrisburg, won the right to represent Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) in collective bargaining employed at a Wilkes-Barre nursing home.

The SEIU/Healthcare Pennsylvania Union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia on February 14th, 2013 requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if approximately 21 LPN’s employed at Golden Living Center Summit, 50 North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre, wanted the Union to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining.

According to the petition, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing labor complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB, the SEIU requested that all LPN’s who work an average of full hours or more per week be allowed to participate in the election.

Under NLRB rules, a labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the workers eligible to participate in the election to become their bargaining representative.

The petition was filed on behalf of the SEIU by Julia Watkins, identified as an organizer of HealthcarePennsylvania.

Before a representation petition can be filed at least 30 percent of the unit of employees must support the request.

According to the NLRB, the union received seventeen votes while two employees voted against being represented by the SEIU.

The SEIU represents other nurses throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania including the Regional Hospital in Scranton and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

The SEIU/Healthcare Pennsylvania have been negotiating since December, 2012 attempting to gain a successor contract agreement with Regional Hospital