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CWA Union files complaint against LifePath Inc.

04.28.10

MAY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

CWA Union files complaint against LifePath Inc.

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, April 9th- The Communication Workers of America (CWA) Union District 13 filed another complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia against an Lehigh Valley employer alleging the company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The union filed the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge on March 31st, 2010 against LifePath Inc., High Point Boulevard in Bethlehem, which provides specialized support services for mentally and physically disabled persons throughout the Lehigh Valley.

The CWA also filed a complaint with the NLRB on January 13th, 2010 alleging the Employer failed and otherwised refused to supply information requested that is necessary for the administration and enforcement of the colllective bargaining agreement and to participate in a timely manner in the grievance process. Specifically, the LifePath Inc. has refused to comply with relevent and necessary information requests submitted by James Byrne, CWA Representative pertaining to the discharge of Nicosia Henry, a member of the union.

In January 2008, the CWA alleged LifePath violated the NLRAct when the Employer terminated Ms. Henry while conducting protected activity on behalf of the Union.

According to news stories previously published in the newspaper, CWA Local 13500 organized the employees of LifePath Inc. approximately 29 facilities that are located throughout the Lehigh Valley in 2007. Around 467 employees were eligible to participate in the union election.

The recent complaint states the Employer has again refused to provide the Union with information that is relevent to the grievance it filed regarding the discharge of Ms. Henry. The Union alleges LifePath Inc. has refused to supply the names of witnesses who provided information in connection with her discharge.

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