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SEIU files labor complaints against Keystone Job Corp Center

02.15.13

FEBRUARY 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

SEIU files labor complaints against Keystone Job Corp Center

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, February 2nd- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Pennsylvania Social Services Union (PSSU) Local 668, Main Street in Dickson City, filed several labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a regional job training organization violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The SEIU filed at least two Unfair Labor Practices (ULP’s) against Management Training Corporation, which does business as Keystone Job Corp Center, which is headquatered in Centerville, Utah.

The newspaper discovered the complaints while reviewing representation petitions and ULP’s filed at the NLRB office. The newspaper is the only member of the local media that reviews and publishes news articles about their findings.

Both complaints were filed on the same day, December 26th, 2012, and filed on behalf of the SEIU by Kimberly Yost, Local 668 Business Agent.

The SEIU represent workers employed by Keystone Job Corp Center. The Union has three separate bargaining units at Keystone, which includes maintenance, dietary, transportation, residential advisor, instructors, counselors, nurses and other professional employees.

According to the ULP’s, the Union and the Employer have been negotiating for a successor labor agreement for the maintenance unit since on or about April 2012, without being able to reach an accord.

Also, on or about June 2012, the parties entered into contract negotiations for a wage reopener for the residential advisor unit and the professional unit, without also reaching an agreement.

The ULP alleges on or about June 29th, 2012 the Union sent a information request to the employer needed to continue meaningful negotiations. On October 10th, 2012, an employer representative sent an e-mail where she refused to provide all of the requested information.

The Union contends the Employer’s refusal to provide requested information constitutes an violation of the NLRAct, limiting the ability to meaningfully negotiate a successor contract agreement and wage reopener, creating a “chilling effect on the members and violates Section 8(a)(1) and (5) of the Act,” states the ULP.

The Employer Representative to be contacted is Martha Amundsen. Ms. Amundsen position with Keystone is not identified on the complaint’s.