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Service Employees Union awaiting NLRB decision regarding when election will be conducted at nursing home

12.26.08

January 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Service Employees Union awaiting NLRB decision regarding when election will be conducted at nursing home

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

BETHLEHEM, December 17th- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, is awaiting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia decision on when a election will be conducted to determine if employees of the Good Shepherd in Bethlehem want the union to represent them.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was exclusively reported the SEIU petitioned the NLRB on October 15th, 2008, requesting the agency conduct an Representation Election, to determine if 55 employees of Good Shepherd want the SEIU/Healthcare Pennsylvania, North 2nd Street in Harrisburg, formerly called SEIU/1199P, to be their representative for the purpose of collectively bargaining.

According to the petition, obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the union requested all full-time and regularly part-time certified nursing assistants, unit secretaries, housekeepers, laundry aids, and van drivers employed by the employer at their Schoenersville Road facility to be eligible to vote.

On October 28th, the NLRB conducted a hearing in Easton on which employees will be eligible to participate in the election.

However, the newspaper has learned the NLRB Region Four in Philadelphia decision is under review by the NLRB in Washington, DC.

The SEIU appealed the Region Four Director decision of December 9th, to allow workers at another facility operated by the same employer to participate in the election. The union did not petition the agency to include the employees at the second facility.

The union requested on their petition all other employees, including Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s), business office clerical employees, guards, supervisors, and managerial staff not participate in the election.

Under NLRB rules, because of the appeal, the election could be delayed by weeks or even months while the five member NLRB reviews the Philadelphia’s decision.

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