FEBRUARY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News
PPL employee files complaint against the utility provider
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, January 12th- An employee of PPL Electric Utilities, Lehigh Service Center, Hausman Road in Allentown, filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia, alleging the distributor of electricity utility company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 1600 in Trexlertown, represent line workers of PPL. The utility company provides electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania including throughout eastern Pennsylvania.
According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge, James Caffrey of Breinigsville, alleges PPL violated the NLRAct when on July 3rd, 2012 he was disciplined for leaving early from a work shift the employee was filling on a voluntary overtime basis.
“The employee was not scheduled to work on the date of the alleged infraction. There have been other NLRB charges on behalf of the employee in the past,” states the ULP.
The complaint was filed on December 26th, 2012 by Mr. Caffrey.
Mr. Caffrey is Local 1600 Chief Steward and in July, 2012 PPL suspended and placed him in a “Responsible Behavior Program” until July 27th, 2014.
In July, 2012 Local 1600 filed a ULP against PPL on behalf of Mr. Caffrey after he was suspended for one day and given the 24 month “time-in-effect” and placed on the “Responsible Behavior Program” for what PPL stated was 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.