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Gas and Electric Workers in Baltimore Vote to Unionize Under IBEW

Jan 19, 2017

A new local union housed under the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has formed in the Baltimore area.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employees voted earlier this month to unionize under the IBEW. Local 410, will be formed as a result of the vote.

According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore-based BGE is owned by Chicago-based Exelon, and was the only one of six Exelon utilities not represented by a union.

It was the fifth attempt to organize BGE workers in the last 21 years, and the most recent failed vote was in 2010, according to the Sun. The IBEW held a rally in front of Exelon's Harbor Point building this month to build support for the unionization drive.

Eric Gomez, an underground lines crew leader at BGE who helped organize the union, told the Sun he thought the move would improve the company.

“I think it's going to make the company a better place to work, and I think it'll enhance the company and provide a better product for the customer,” he said. “I think this will definitely benefit our customers in the long run.”

Read original story from the Baltimore Sun