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IBEW Local 1600 files complaint against PPL Utility

08.15.12

AUGUST 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

IBEW Local 1600 files complaint against PPL Utility

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 24th- The labor organization that represents employees of the PPL Corporation filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia, alleging the utility provider violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP), which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB office, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 1600 alleges PPL violated the NLRAct by suspending Chief Steward Jim Caffrey and placed him in a “Responsible Behavior Program” until July 27th, 2014.

The Union News is the only member of the local media, including newspapers, television or radio stations, that reviews and publishes the information.

IBEW Local 1600, Trexlertown, represents approximately 1,000 of the 4,700 PPL employees. The utility company provides electricity to approxmately 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania including throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The ULP was filed on July 9th, 2012 and states the company representative to be contacted is Stacy Simpson, a PPL Foreman.

The complaint alleges Mr. Caffrey was suspended for one day and given a 24 month “time-in-effect” and placed in a “Responsible Behavior Program” for the “Failure to adhere to Troubleman expections and failure to communicate with Dispatch. The union stated that no bargaining unit employee has ever been disciplined for such an alleged infraction. In fact, the ULP continued, the “Responsible Behavior Program” and the “Troubleman expectations” policy were never bargain with the Union and is not a part of the contract.

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