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Union wants to represent workers in Wilkes-Barre

03.15.10

MARCH 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Union wants to represent workers in Wilkes-Barre

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 1st- The International Union of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Union Local 506, Roseville, Michigan, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if workers in Wilkes-Barre want to be union represented.

According to the petition, the union wants to represent all armed and unarmed security officers employed by Southeastern Paragon, Inc. The company provides security for the Social Security Administration in Wilkes-Barre. The security services of the facility is provided under contract by Southeastern Paragon Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland.

The union wants all security guard services employees to participate in the election and requests all office clericals, managerial personnel, confidential personnel, and supervisors be excluded from voting. According to information on the petition there are 44 employees that will particpate in the election.

Under NLRB rules, before the agency will conduct an election the petition must be supported by at least 30 percent of the employees.

The union must receive at least 50 percent plus one of the eligible employees that cast ballots to be the representative of the employees for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The petition was filed on behalf of the union by Attorney Richardson Todd Eagen of Harrisburg on February 8th, 2010.

The National Labor Relations Board decided not to conduct a secret ballot election at the employer rather ballots were mailed to eligible to vote employees homes. Ballots must be returned to the NLRB by the employees before March 24th, 2010 to count.

The newspaper discovered the petition while reviewing complaints and petitions filed at the agency office. The newspaper is the only media in Northeastern Pennsylvania that routinely reviews complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB office.

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