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SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Union files labor complaint

02.26.09

March 2009 Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Union files labor complaint

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

EASTON, February 16th- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, formerly known as SEIU 1199P, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Region Four in Philadelphia alleging Praxis Nursing Home, Washington Street in Easton, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

On February 5th, 2009, the union filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the NLRB alleging the nursing home operator violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and subsection (5) of the NLRAct.

According to the complaint, obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the principal product or service is indentified as providing healthcare to the elderly at the Washington Street facility.

The Unfair Labor Practice states there are 58 workers employed by Praxis at the nursing home.

The newspaper reviews representation petitions and complaints filed at the NLRB office in Philadelphia, which has jurisdiction throughout southeastern and northeastern Pennsylvania including Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The newspaper will request copies of any petition or complaint for the intent of publishing the information if it involves any labor organization or employer in the Lehigh Valley.

According to the complaint filed on February 5th by the SEIU, Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, the employer representative to be contacted is Janine Causorano, indentified as the Nursing Home Administrator. Mr. Carlos Rivera, indentified as an SEIU Organizer, filed the complaint on behalf of the union.

The Unfair Labor Practice states the “Employer is refusing to bargain collectively with the representatives of the employees.”

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania’s largest healthcare workers union, representing more than 20,000 employees in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, and state facilities.

The complaint is now under investigation by the agency.

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