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PECO WORKERS UNION ELECTION DATE SET

 BALA CYNWYD, Pa., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- William J. Kelly, president of the Independent Group Association (IGA), the union that has represented PECO employees for 51 years, today announced that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has set the dates for the union certification election. Voting will take place on June 9, 10 and 11 at numerous PECO work sites.
 The results of the certification election will decide which, if either, competing union will be legally certified as the sole collective bargaining agent for 6,000 PECO employees. Eligible voters will choose among the IGA, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) or "No Union."
 "Collective bargaining is the back bone of workers' rights. By winning this election, by gaining the full protection of the law, the IGA will be able to build upon our outstanding record of service and accomplishment," stated Kelly.
 "For 51 years, the IGA has represented PECO employees. We have never had a layoff. We have never had a strike. Our members received one of the best wage and benefit packages in the country.
 "For over a year, an outside group has undermined workers' rights, wages and benefits. Now all that damage can be undone," added Kelly.
 "Two years ago the IBEW came into the PECO system to try to add 5,000 dues payers to their rolls. They fought this election every step of the way. They delayed the election for over a year and a half. They cost workers' wage increases and negotiated benefits. Now the IBEW will have to put up, shut up and get out," stated IGA Vice President Gary Buchmann.
 The dispute between the IGA and the IBEW goes back more than two years. The IBEW entered the PECO system, bank rolled and controlled by bosses in Washington, and attempted to add 5,000 new dues payers under a technicality in the national AFL-CIO Constitution. That technicality allows AFL-CIO affiliated unions to "organize" other non AFL-CIO affiliated union's workers. The IGA, recognized as a union by the NLRB, had never sought official certification by the NLRB or affiliation with the AFL-CIO. The IGA is independent of all outside control and manipulation and their dues structure is minimal because they don't have to forward any portion of dues to Washington.
 The election date was finally set more than a year after the initial IGA/IBEW/PECo meeting with the NLRB that will allow for 6,000 employees to cast a ballot for the representative of their choice. (Additionally, 400 employees will be able to cast a ballot subject to challenge. Challenged ballots, voters whose job descriptions may ultimately keep them out of the bargaining unit, will only be counted if they impact the outcome of the election.) An election date could have been set at an IGA/IBEW/PECo NLRB meeting on Feb. 7, 1992, but the INEW said no. The IBEW, again, said no to the election on Feb. 24, 1993.
 In the intervening year, PECo has been able to impose any action it desired. The IBEW election delay of more than one year enabled PECo to cut the rate of wage increases, change employee grievance procedures and initiate programs detrimental to all PECo employees' job security.
 "Yesterday, never having consulted their few supports or Organizing Committee' for a vote on the NLRB proposal, the IBEW agreed to the election dates. It was a stunning reversal," said Kelly.
 The initial IGA petition with the NLRB seeking certification sought the largest possible number of employees to be eligible to vote and be in the bargaining unit. The IGA sought rights for 6,601 PECo employees. The IBEW petition sought a unit of 5,000 employees and excluded all "clerical" employees (secretaries, meter readers, etc.).
 A majority of the eligible voters is needed to gain certification. If neither union, nor "No Union" gains a majority of the votes, a run- off election between the two highest vote getters will be held.
 Additional information regarding restoring workers' rights and clerical information is available by contacting the IGA office at 215-667-2442.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Kelly, 215-667-2891, or Gary Buchmann, 215-667-2892, both of IGA/


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