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SEIU wins election for Wilkes-Barre nursing home LPN’s

04.24.13

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

SEIU wins election for Wilkes-Barre nursing home LPN’s

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 22nd- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, North Second Street in Harrisburg, won the right to represent Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) in collective bargaining employed at a Wilkes-Barre nursing home.

The SEIU/Healthcare Pennsylvania Union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia on February 14th, 2013 requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if approximately 21 LPN’s employed at Golden Living Center Summit, 50 North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre, wanted the Union to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining.

According to the petition, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing labor complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB, the SEIU requested that all LPN’s who work an average of full hours or more per week be allowed to participate in the election.

Under NLRB rules, a labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the workers eligible to participate in the election to become their bargaining representative.

The petition was filed on behalf of the SEIU by Julia Watkins, identified as an organizer of HealthcarePennsylvania.

Before a representation petition can be filed at least 30 percent of the unit of employees must support the request.

According to the NLRB, the union received seventeen votes while two employees voted against being represented by the SEIU.

The SEIU represents other nurses throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania including the Regional Hospital in Scranton and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

The SEIU/Healthcare Pennsylvania have been negotiating since December, 2012 attempting to gain a successor contract agreement with Regional Hospital