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Healthcare union files complaint against nursing home

03.18.09

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

Healthcare union files complaint against nursing home

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

HAZLETON, February 5th- The SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Union, which is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, DC, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia alleging the Mountain City Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center has violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed on February 5th, 2009 and obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the Union alleges the employer, which operates the facility on West 27th Street in Hazelton, violated Section 8, subsections (1) and (5) of the NLRAct.

“Employer is refusing to bargain collectively with the representatives of the employees,” states the ULP.

Also, the union alleges the employer is interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the NLRAct.

The complaint states there are approximately 293 workers employed at the nursing home.
The employer representative to be contacted is Lisa Tessitore, indentified on the complaint as the Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilition Center Administrator.

Union Organizer Carlos Rivera filed the Unfair Labor Practice charge on behalf of the union, which office is located on North 2nd Street in Harrisburg.

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