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IBEW Local 1600 files a second complaint against PPL Utility

09.12.12

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

IBEW Local 1600 files a second complaint against PPL Utility

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 30th- A second complaint was filed in the past several weeks by the labor organization that represents employees of the PPL Corporation 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 stalling efforts by the Union to expedite a labor arbitrator’s ability to adjudicate a ongoing dispute between the parties.

The IBEW alleges PPL has and continues to deny sick pay to employees who do not meet the requirements for needing to provide a “medical certification” as was negotiated.

The parties entered into a Summary of Agreement on May 2010, which revised the contract language of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the parties. The new language states employees are required to furnish medical certification of illness upon return to work for all absences in excess of three days in a pay period year or anytime an employee is out three or more consecutive days.

The Union alleges PPL continues to deny sick pay to employees who do not meet the requirements for needing to provide a “medical certification” as was negotiated.

The Union has attempted to expedite a labor arbitrator’s ability to adjudicate the ongoing dispute but the Employer’s continuing actions, or inactions, has violated various sections of the NLRAct, the IBEW alleges.

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