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Utility Workers Union files complaint against water company

03.15.09

March 2009 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Utility Workers Union files complaint against water company

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, February 11th- The Utility Workers Union of America Local 537, Mountain Top, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia against Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) alleging the public utility violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the Union alleges the employed has refuse to bargain over working condition changes.

“Since on or about December 1st, 2008, the employer has refused to bargain collectively with the charging party, which charging party is the certified collective bargaining representative of the employer’s production and maintenance employees, in that on said date the employer unilaterally eliminated vested working condition, namely the right of certain employees to drive company vehicles to and from their homes and their work place at the beginning and the end of their work shifts, without first bargaining with the charging party regarding the same,” states the ULP.

The complaint states the union represents 140 PAWC workers.

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