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Lackawanna County Public Defenders become IBT members

04.24.13

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

Lackawanna County Public Defenders become IBT members

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 25th- Lackawanna County Public Defenders, First Assistants and Assistant Public Defenders have become members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 229, North Main Avenue in Scranton.

According to Craig Pawlik, Secretary/Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 229, which represents IBT members throughout Lackawanna County, the County Democratic Majority Commissioners, Corey O’Brien and Jim Wansacz, agreed to recognize IBT Local 229 as the employees collective bargaining representative after first refusing to do so.

The issue of the approximately ten employees of the Lackawanna County Public defenders office attempting to become members of the IBT for the purpose of collective bargaining was exclusively published in the February edition of the Union News.

The Union filed a Representation Petition with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) in Harrisburg after first requesting the Lackawanna County Commissioners Office recognize Local 229 as the employees bargaining representative.

Mr. Pawlik told the newspaper Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Wansacz were asked to recognize Local 229 as the employees bargaining representative however they first refused. The request was made on January 8th, and was refused on January 9th, Mr. Pawlik stated.

Nine of the ten employees of Lackawanna County Public Defenders office signed authorization cards requesing the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board conduct a representation election to determine if they wanted Local 229 to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining.

A labor organization must receive fifty percent plus one of the participating eligible to vote employee to become their bargaining representative.

Mr. Pawlik told the newspaper there are employment issues currently within the Lackawanna County Public Defenders office that have resulted in the employees seeking the protection of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with Lackawanna County.

Officials of Local 229 and Lackawanna County have began to bargain for a first-time labor agreement for the employees.