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Utility Workers Union files complaint against water company

02.22.11

FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Utility Workers Union files complaint against water company

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 16th- The labor organization that represents workers of the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC), North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the public water utility company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge, which was reviewed by the newspaper, the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 537, South College Avenue in Washington, PA, represents approximately 160 workers of the utility provider.

The ULP was filed on behalf of the Union by Attorney Samuel Pasquarelli of Pittsburgh.

“Since on or about January 4th, 2011, the employer by discrimination in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment has discouraged membership with the charging party, a labor organization, which charging party is the certified collective bargaining representative of the employer’s office, clerical, production and maintenance employees, in that on said date the employer threatened members and officials of the charging party with discipline if they exercised rights lawfully available to them under the terms of their collective bargaining agreements and the law, and the employer also threatened legal action against the charging party directly for engaging in activities lawfully protected under the Act and permissible under various collective bargaining agreements extant between the charging party and the employer,” states the ULP.

The employer representative named on the compaint to be contacted is Nellie Murphy. Her position with the company is not identified on the complaint.

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