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SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Union files labor complaint

09.26.11

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

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Union files labor complaint

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 30th- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, North 2nd Street in Harrisburg, filed several labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a local nursing home operator violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The newspaper discovered the Unfair Labor Practice’s (ULP’s) while reviewing complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB office in Philadelphia. The Union News is the only member of the local media that reviews and publishes information regarding complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB office.

According to the complaint, which was filed on July 28th, 2011, the SEIU/Healthcare Pennsylvania Union filed a Unfair Labor Practice complaint against Brighten and Julia Ribaudo Healthcare Group, LLC, which does business as Julia Ribaudo Extended Care Center, Golf Park Drive in Lake Ariel, alleging the nursing home healthcare operators violated Section 8 (a) and 5 of the NLRAct.

The Union filed a complaint against the Employer on June 22nd, but withdrew the ULP. However, the SEIU’s July 28th complaint uses the same language and alleges the same NLRAct violations occurred.

“Since on or about June 1st, 2011, and at all times thereafter, the above-named employer, by its Officers, Agents, and Representatives, has by unlaterally imposing initial terms and conditions of employment three (3) months after taking control of the facility, failed and refused to bargain collectively and in good faith with SEIU Health Pennsylvania, a labor organization, designated or selected by a majority of the employees of said employer in an appropriate unit for the purposes of collective bargaining in respect to rates of pay, wages, hours of employment and other conditions of employment,” states the complaint.

The Unfair Labor Practice was filed on behalf of the Union by Kevin Hefty, indentified as SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Vice-President.

The Employer Representative indentified on the complaint to be contacted is Mary Ann Hornack, Administrator of the nursing home.

According to the complaint, the number of workers employed at the nursing home is 140.

The SEIU/Healthcare Pennsylvania also represents nurses at Geisinger Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, nurses at the former Mercy Hospital in Scranton, and the Lackawanna County nursing home.

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