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Union successfully organizes workers in Wilkes-Barre

05.21.10

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

Union successfully organizes workers in Wilkes-Barre

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 29th- The International Union of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Union Local 506, Roseville, Michigan, was successful in organizing employees that 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.

A petition was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia on February 8th, 2010 requesting the agency conduct an election to determine if approximately 44 workers of the company wanted to be represented for the purpose of collective bargaining by the union.

The union wanted all security guard services employees to participate in the election and requested all office clericals, managerial personnel, confidential personnel, and supervisors be excluded from voting.

The NLRB decided not to conduct a secret ballot election at the employer rather ballots were mailed to eligible to vote employees homes. Ballots needed to be returned to the NLRB by the employees before March 24th, 2010 have counted.

The employees voted 31 for union representation to 9 against with no challenges. The union needed 50 percent plus one of the eligible to vote employees to support the union to become their bargaining representative.

The newspaper discovered the petition while reviewing complaints and petitions filed at the agency office. The newspaper routinely reviews complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB office.

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