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NLRB investigating Morning Call employee complaint

11.25.09

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

NLRB investigating Morning Call employee complaint

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, November 4th- The investigation in whether a complaint filed by a member of the Graphic Communications Conference Union (GCU), which is an employee of the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, has merit will be completed by the end of November.

The member, Jean Hastins, West Union Street in Allentown, filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against GCU Local 4-C alleging the labor organization violated Section 8 (b) and subsections (1) (A) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct) at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia in September.

The complaint, reviewed by the newspaper, stated the Union violated the duty of fair representation by failing to pursue a grievance about the Employer’s violation of provisions in the collective bargaining agreement related to overtime.

GCU, formerly the Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU) merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union in 2005, represents pressroom personnel at the Morning Call, North Sixth Street in downtown Allentown.

According to information obtained by the newspaper, NLRB Field Examiner Ellen McDowell has investigated the complaint filed by Ms. Hastins and will determine by the end of November if the NLRAct was violated and then will decide what action the NLRB will take to rectify the situation.

The complaint alleges and states, “The Union threatened employees that they could lose their jobs if they filed grievances related to overtime.”

The ULP states the union representative indentified to be contacted is Wayne Cox in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania while the employer representative named on the complaint to be contacted is Sarah Long, indentified as the Morning Call Human Resources Representative.

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