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Plenty of labor activity involving PPL Utility Corporation

07.10.13

JULY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Plenty of labor activity involving PPL Utility Corporation

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, June 18th- There is plenty of activity involving labor organizations and PPL electric utility company.

The newspaper has discovered there will be a election involving security officers who perform guard duties at PPL’s power plant in Berwick and also the employer filed multiple labor complaints against the union that represent most of their employees.

The International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) of Roseville, Michigan filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia requesting the agency conduct a election to determine if PPL security employees at the Berwick Pennsylvania nuclear energy power plan want to be represented by the union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

SPFPA first filed the petition on May 10th, 2013 but, later withdrew it. However, the union refiled the petition and the NLRB has scheduled an election for June 27th.

According to the petition there are approximately 140 security employees that will participate in the election. Under NLRB rules, a labor organization must receive 50 percent plus one of the eligible to participate employees to become their bargaining representative for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The newspaper also has learned that several PPL employees and members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 1600 in Wescosville filed Unfair Labor Practices (ULP’s) with the NLRB against both PPL and the Union.

There were at least two ULP’s filed against PPL and two against IBEW Local 1600 involving the termination of two workers who were “wrongfully induced union employees to leave secure Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) positions: wrongfully moved these employees to non-probationary status in new positions; and immediately terminated these employees without cause, which would have been in violation of their CBA’s cause provision,” states one of the ULP’s filed on June 14th.

The two are Jill Lafaw of Northampton and Rosanne Saylor of Palmertown and both filed ULP’s on that date.

Meanwhile, Allentown Attorney Deirdre Kamber filed on behalf of the employees two ULP’s alleging IBEW Local 1600 failed to file a grievance on the terminations despite the new positions with PPL required they not be members of the bargaining unit.

“Specifically, the Employer offered a group of highly paid employees a highly attractive change in jobs in order to induce them to become probationary employees. Immediately thereafter, Employer terminated the employees without cause. upon receiving a request for a grievance from the Complainant, the Local 1600 failed to pursue the grievance,” states the ULP.