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IGA PETITIONS NLRB FOR CERTIFICATION

 IGA PETITIONS NLRB FOR CERTIFICATION
 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Independent Group


Association (IGA), today filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, seeking an immediate election to certify the IGA as the sole bargaining agent for all non-management employees of the Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PECo) and its subsidiaries.
 The IGA, which has represented PECo employees for 50 years, filed more than twice the necessary "certification" cards to guarantee an election. (The NLRB requires signed certification cards from at least 30 percent of potential election voters.)
 IGA President William (Bill) J. Kelly said upon submitting the documentation to the NLRB, "The IGA will win this election. We have done a good job for PECo employees. We don't have layoffs. We don't have strikes. And, members are aware of the wage and benefit gains they have won with IGA leadership."
 Referring to a prior certification petition sought by representatives of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) who have applied to represent a portion of PECo workers, Kelly said, "This election will put an end to the disruptive deceptive activities by self-serving IBEW outsiders that would gain our members nothing except discord by pitting one job classification against another."
 The IBEW petition excludes representation of any type of "clerical" PECo employee, ignoring the large number of PECo people employed as customer services representatives, meter readers, and others. The IGA petition purposefully and specifically embraces all non-management PECo employees.
 Additionally, the IGA announced the opening of new headquarters. The IGA will move its operation to One Presidential Boulevard, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., 19004, on March 1, 1992.
 "The new location will allow us to better serve our PECo employee members immediately," said Kelly. "The new office set-up is not simply symbolic, it permits greater autonomy, security, and accessibility to members. In these difficult times, our members deserve our best efforts. And, it is less expensive. We will be able to do more with the same resources," added Kelly.
 About the IBEW organizing effort, Kelly said, "To know where someone is going, you have to look from where they have come. The IBEW is a group of outsiders who have no knowledge of our history, our needs, or our gains. They are in it for the extra dues money they will collect here and spend elsewhere."
 The NLRB will set the date and process for the certification election after meetings with all interested parties including PECo management. Once the size and job classifications of the "bargaining unit" are decided upon by the NLRB, voters will have the option of voting for the IGA, the IBEW, or for no union.
 Kelly has been an IGA officer for three years, with five prior years service as an IGA cabinet member. A U.S. Navy Air Service veteran, Kelly is a 24-year PECo employee.
 The certification election campaign is strongly supported by both of the other two IGA principal officers, Vice President Gary R. Buchmann and Secretary/Treasurer Thomas A. Gallagher.
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 /CONTACT: William (Bill) Kelly, president of the IGA, 215-841-6100/
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