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Keystone Job Corps files labor complaint against SEIU

04.20.13

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

Keystone Job Corps files labor complaint against SEIU

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 27th- In a apparent attempt to intimidate the Union that represent workers of the Keystone Job Corps, West Foothills Drive in Drums, Luzerne County, the company headquaters in Utah filed a labor complaint against the Union.

In previous edition’s of the newspaper, it was exclusively reported that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Pennsylvania Social Services Union (PSSU) Local 668, Main Street in Dickson City, filed several Unfair Labor Practices (ULP’s) against Management Training Corporation, which does business as Keystone Job Corp Center. The company is headquatered in Centerville, Utah.

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.

In the previous edition of the Union News it was reported the SEIU filed a ULP against the Employer on January 28th, 2013 and alleges Keystone Job Corp Center violated the NLRAct when management held a meeting with a bargaining unit worker and alleged several students had made allegations against her, which the employee denied.

The union member was told she could write a statement of the allegation and she was informed she would receive a verbal warning regarding the statement allegedly made.

The employee refused to provide a statement because she denied anything was said inappropriately to any student.

Lori Thuringer, Human Resource Manager of Keystone Job Center, later sent an e-mail to the employee requesting a statement and suggested discipline was made because she refused to provide a statement.

A grievance was filed on behalf of the employee and processed, but Keystone Career Transition Readiness Counselor Heather Rebarchak later e-mailed the only way for the employee to avoid potential discipline was for her to withdraw the grievance.

Management filed their ULP with the NLRB alleging the SEIU failed to bargaing in good faith with the Employer. Also, Keystone Job Corp alleges the SEIU is interferring with the Employer’s choice of representation for collective bargaining.

The Employer ULP was filed by Utah Attorney Martha Amundsen.