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Cascade Tissue files labor complaint against USW Local 1448

02.15.13

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

Cascade Tissue files labor complaint against USW Local 1448

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 17th- In previous editions of the newspaper it has been reported that the United Steel Workers (USW) Union filed labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging a local employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

In news articles published in the Union News it was reported the USW filed at least six ULP’s against Cascade Tissue, 901 Sathers Drive in Pittston over a 10 day period in December, however Cascade Tissue has filed a ULP of their own against USW Local 1448.

The newspaper discovered the Unfair Labor Practice while reviewing complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB.

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 collectively 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.

The USW filed two more ULP’s on November 5th, 2012 alleging the company violated the NLRAct.

The union alleges in one of those ULP’s that the company is repudiating the collective bargaining agreement grievance proceedure by not scheduling grievance meetings.

The second ULP alleges the company withdrew and implimented their own set of rules, which was negotiated and agreed to by both parties and would become part of the labor contract.

Cascade Tissue representative Roger Marron on December 26th, 2012 filed a ULP against the Union alleging Local 1448 has failed to bargain in good faith with the Employer since on or about a time of six months of the ULP filing.