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Good News from Lehigh Valley (PA) on CWA Organizing at LifePath

09.20.07

Good afternoon,

In a vote of 166 yes vs. 138 no, over 465 LifePath workers will now be represented by CWA Local 13500!! Congratulations to all of the new members at LifePath and to CWA Organizer, Pam Tronsor and Asst. to the V.P. Marge Krueger on their tireless work to bring this one home for Labor!! The Lehigh Valley Labor Council assisted in this drive, and the big prizes were letters from former LifePath employee Mike D’Amore, who also serves as Allentown City Councilman, Rep. Joe Brennan, and especially Auditor General Jack Wagner.

Once again, an example of having strong political allies in place to assist Organized Labor when it is needed. The real work begins now with negotiations for a first contract. We will in all probability be calling on elected officials to assist and put pressure on LifePath to negotiate in good faith. Now, on to a first contract!!

In unity,

Gregg J. Potter
President, Lehigh Valley Labor Council

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October’s 2007 edition of the Union News

CWA successful in organizing group home employees

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, September 19th- The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Union filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia on August 7th to conduct an representation election to determine if employees of Life Path Inc., a group home operator, want to be union represented.
On Tuesday September 18th the NLRB conducted a secret ballot election at four sites located in counties of Pennsylvania.
Following the closing of voting the ballots were then transported to the NLRB office and counted on September 19th.
According to the NLRB, the union won the right to represent the employees 166 to 138 with 5 challenged votes. There was approximately 467 eligible employees able to vote.
According to Marge Krueger, CWA Administrative Director in Pittsburgh, there is around 29 Life Path Inc. operated group homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. She stated the number of employees eligible to vote in each home was around two or three.
The voting location for the workers in the Lehigh Valley was on High Point Boulevard in Bethlehem.
According to the petition, obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the union filed to represent all full-time and regular part-time: Support Counselors 1, Support Counselors 2, Bus Drivers, Instructors, Instructional Assistants, Team Leaders, and Supported Living Specialists employed by Life Path Inc.
Ms. Krueger told the newspaper CWA members from the Lehigh Valley were used to make home contact with Life Path employees about why they should support unionization. She said CWA Local’s 13000 and 13500 members participated. “We utilize our members in contacting people in organizing campaigns to discuss with them about the benefits of unionizing,” said Ms. Krueger.
Days before the NLRB election, the union placed radio advertisements on local stations in the Lehigh Valley encouraging employees to vote for the CWA.



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