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Communications Workers Local 13500 files complaint against Lifepath Inc.

04.07.11

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

Communications Workers Local 13500 files complaint against Lifepath Inc.

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, March 4th- The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Union Local 13500 filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a Lehigh Valley employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed on February 17th, 2011, that was reviewed by the newspaper, the CWA alleges Lifepath Inc., which operates approximately 29 facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley that provides specialized support services for mentally and physically disabled persons, violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (5) of the NLRAct.

The CWA organized the employees of the facilities in 2007 after the approximately 460 workers of Lifepath Inc. voted to be represented by the union for the purpose of collectively bargaining in a NLRB conducted election.

According to the ULP, Lifepath Inc. is headquartered on Highpoint Boulevard in Bethlehem.

“On or about October 1st, 2010, and continuing thereafter, without notice to the bargaining representative of its employees, the employer unilaterally and arbitrarily changed terms and conditions of employment for employees by unilaterally and arbitrarily terminating a 15 minute grace period given to employees who were late for a scheduled training class,” states the Unfair Labor Practice.

The complaint was filed on behalf of the union by Philadelphia Attorney Richard Markowitz.

The employer representative named on the complaint to be contacted is Karen Werkheiser, indentified as Lifepath’s Human Resourses Director.

Since the CWA has represented Lifepath Inc. employees the union has filed at least three other complaints with the NLRB.

According to a previously published story in the newspaper, the last ULP was filed against the employer in March 2010.

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