BALTIMORE — Baltimore Gas and Electric Company employees have voted to unionize under the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2jMuzLM) the workers will be organized under a new chapter, Local 410. Before, BGE was only one of six utilities owned by Chicago-based Exelon that wasn’t represented by a union.
Eric Gomez, a BGE employee who helped organize the union, says the union will give employees “a voice at the table with the company.”
IBEW regional organizing coordinator Bert McDermitt says the vote was 741 for and 610 against. Thursday’s vote was the fifth attempt to organize BGE workers in the last 21 years. The most recent failed vote was in 2010.
The IBEW represents about 725,000 active members and retirees in utilities, construction, broadcasting, manufacturing and other fields.