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Security union unsuccessful in NLRB election

07.30.13

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

Security union unsuccessful in NLRB election

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, June 30th- 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 on June 27th and June 28th the NLRB conducted an election.

The union was unsuccessful in the representation election receiving only 27 votes while 93 employees voted not to be represented by SPFPA. There were 144 eligible to participate in the election employees at the PPL power plant in Berwick. The workers perform guard duties at the power plant.

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.

Also, the union needed at least 30 percent of the employees to sign a petition requesting the NLRB conduct a election.

Most of PPL’s employees are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 1600, Trexlertown. Local 1600 represents all maintenence employees among other workers of the electrical energy utility company.