CLARKSBURG — FirstEnergy Corp. is denying allegations that the company engaged in unfair labor practices at the Harrison Power Station in Haywood.
The company plans to argue that position at a hearing before an administrative law judge scheduled for March 19 in Fairmont, according to Mark Durbin, spokesman for FirstEnergy.
The company’s official response to the National Labor Relations Board is due today.
Samuel McKnight, general counsel for the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, and Bernie Labelle, a representative of that union, were in town this week to meet with employees of the power station.
According to the charge provided by the NLRB, the union is alleging that in January 2012, FirstEnergy, unilaterally and without bargaining, modified several established terms and conditions of employment for unit employees.
That included eliminating a scheduled wage increase and cutting health-care benefits, according to the charge.
The regional office for the National Labor Relations Board found enough merit to issue a complaint and set up a hearing before an administrative law judge, according to Nancy Cleeland, director of the NLRB office of public affairs.
The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 19 in the J. Harper Meredith Building in Fairmont.
The union believes it has enough proof to move forward, according to Scott Pedigo, president of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 304.
“We’ll take them to court and do what we have to do to get justice for our members,” he said.
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