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United Steel Workers files multiple labor complaints against Cascade Tissue


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

United Steel Workers files multiple labor complaints against Cascade Tissue


REGION, October 19th- The United Steel Workers (USW) Union filed multiple labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a Pittston employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The newspaper discovered the Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) while reviewing complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB.

The USW filed at least six ULP’s against Cascade Tissue, 901 Sathers Drive in Pittston over a 10 day period.

All complaints were filed on behalf of USW Local 1448, which represents approximately 220 Cascade Tissue employees at the Pittston facility, by Liz Bettinger. Ms. Bettinger is a Staff Representative for the USW. The plant is a paper mill and paper converting manufacturing facility.

The USW alleges the employer has failed to bargain collectivly and in good faith with the Union. “More specifically, on or about June 25th, 2012, and at various times thereafter, the above named Employer, by its agents and representatives has unilaterally and without bargaining, changed the disciplinary notification procedure,” states the first ULP that was filed on October 1st, 2012.

The other five ULP’s were filed on October 10th, 2012, also by Ms. Bettinger, and alleges the Employer has violated the NLRAct by repudiating multiple clauses in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the parties.

Also, a complaint alleges a USW member was denied his rights under the NLRAct.

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