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SEIU Local 32BJ files more complaints against Sodexo Inc.


MARCH 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

SEIU Local 32BJ files more complaints against Sodexo Inc.


LEHIGH VALLEY, February 14th- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ filed more labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a Lehigh Valley employer continues to violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The SEIU filed several more Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against Sodexo Inc., which is a food service contractor and provides food service for three Lehigh Valley Hospitals.

The three hospitals, the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Good Shepherd, and Sacred Heart, cafeteria workers are part of a national campaign by the SEIU to gain a national labor agreement with Sodexo Inc. Local 32BJ of New York, NY, is conducting a ten-state organizing campaign of the food service workers. Sodexo Inc. is headquartered in France.

The newspaper has discovered the SEIU filed two additional complaints against the Employer, after filing numerous ULP’s during 2010 against Sodexo Inc.

On January 28th, 2011, the Union filed a ULP alleging the Employer barred employees at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown from wearing Union shirts.

“The Employer participated in, acquiesced in, and/or caused hosptial security officers’ conduct in threatening to call police if employees, who were engaged in Section 7 activity, did not move from the public sidewalk in front of the hospital,” states the complaint.

On February 8th, 2011, the SEIU filed a complaint against the food service contractor alleging the Employer gave service employee Shari Kurtz, who is employed at the Good Shepherd Hosptial in Allentown, a negative employment evaluation based on her concerted, protected activity, including organizing with Local 32BJ, and gave her a lower pay raise as a result of such negative evaluation.

The ULP states there are 32 food service workers at the hosptial.

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