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Sands Casino employee files three labor complaint’s against employer

10.04.11

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

Sands Casino employee files three labor complaint’s against employer

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, September 22nd- An employee of Sands Casino in Bethlehem filed several labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the gambling resort violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

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

The newspaper discovered Sands Casino employee, George Boner of Birch Street in Easton, filed three ULP’s against the casino operators. Mr. Bonser is a security officer at Sands.

The Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association of Catskills, New York, on July 21st won the right to represent all security officers of the casino for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The NLRB conducted a representation election on July 21st and the approximately 92 eligible to vote employees voted 51 to 35 to be represented by the union.

All three ULP’s were filed with the NLRB by Mr. Bonser on September 8th.

Mr. Bonser alleges on a complaint he received a three days suspension for a company policy violation. However, the facts the company provided on the policy conflicts with the written statement he gave to the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission Board (PGCB). The three day suspension is not consistent with other punishments given to other security officers for similiar incidents.

A second ULP alleges that a letter signed by company president Robert DeSalvio, which was handed out by casino supervisors to all security officers before the July 21st union election, offered an additional $750.00 flat payment per year for ten years for the officers 401K pension plan if they vote “no” for union representation.

The third complaint alleges Sands violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (7) of the NLRAct.

“A change in policy set forth by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem employee handbook was made to start on August 1st, 2011. This policy has to do with overtime hours worked by an employee who also is using flex time during that same week. This change will offer more monetary value to the overtime worked. This change was made available to all hourly employees of the casino with the exception of the security officers,” states the ULP.

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