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USW files complaint filed against Cascade Tissue Group

08.28.13

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

USW files complaint filed against Cascade Tissue Group

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 30th- The union that represents workers employed at the Cascade Tissue Group, Sathers Drive in Pittston, facility filed a lengthy labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the paper mill and paper converting company violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The United Steelworkers (USW) Union, Third Street in Berwick, filed the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against Cascade Tissue Group on July 10th, 2013.

The ULP was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB. The Union News is the only member of the local media that reviews and publishes news articles regarding their findings.

According to the ULP the number of workers employed at the Cascade Tissue facility in Pittston Township is 220.

The complaint was filed on behalf of USW Local 1448, which represents the Steelworkers members at the facility, by Liz Bettinger, USW District 10 in Berwick Staff Representative.

“On or about June 2013 the Company has made unilateral changes in the terms and conditions of employment for bargaining unit members who are out on sick leave and want to return to work.

The Union demanded to bargain over these changes.

In addition, the Union also requested information regarding individual bargaining unit members who have taken sick leave in the last 5 years and returned to work.

The Company has failed to provide the information requested,” states the ULP.

According to the letter Ms. Bettinger sent to Paul Argenio, Human Resources Manager of Pennsylvania Operations of the Cascade Tissue Group, which was attached to the ULP, the Union alleges “the Company has made a unilateral change in the terms and conditions of employment for bargaining unit members who are out on sick leave and want to return to work. The Union demands (1) bargaining and (2) restoration of the status quo ante pending bargaining,” states the ULP.

The USW also requested information regarding the individuals who were sent to a Physican before returning to work.