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IBEW Local 1600 files complaint against PPL Corporation


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

IBEW Local 1600 files complaint against PPL Corporation


REGION, December 2nd- The union that represents workers of the PPL Corporation, a public utility which provides and distributes electricity, filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

During a review of Unfair Labor Practices (ULP)’s) and petitions filed at the NLRB, the newspaper discovered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 1600 filed a ULP on October 27th, 2011 against PPL. Local 1600 represents approximately 3,700 PPL employees.

“On Wednesday August 8th, 2011, the Employer convened an investigatory interview regarding a bargaining unit employee, Joe Gotzon. Nick Krecker and Wilbert Scott, Union Stewarts, accompanied Mr. Gotzon to the meeting. Numerous times during the course of the meeting, Mr. Krecker tried to speak but was prevented in doing so by Jeff Hobbs, an Employer Supervisor. Indeed, Mr. Hobbs told Mr. Krecker that “you have no input whatsever” and “don’t speak.”

The interview resulted in the Employer’s decision to suspend Mr. Gotzon. The Employer’s actions by Mr. Hobbs violated Mr. Gotzon’s NLRA rights as outlined in NLRB v. Weingaten, Inc.,” states the complaint.

The ULP was filed on behalf of the union by Attorney Ronald Tomasko, of the lawfirm of James, Smith, Dietterick and Connelly LLP of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

PPL headquarters is in Allentown while the IBEW Local 1600 office is in Trexlertown.

There is no employer representative to be contacted on the complaint.

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