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PENNSYLVANIA ELECTRIC COMPANY, JUNIATA REGION, EARNS GOVERNOR'S LABOR-MANAGEMENT AWARD

 /ADVANCE/ ALTOONA, Pa., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Acting Gov. Mark S. Singel today presented the Governor's Award for Labor-Management Cooperation to the Pennsylvania Electric Co. (Penelec), Juniata Region, and Local 180 of the Utility Workers Union of America.
 Begun in 1988 by Gov. Robert P. Casey, the award recognizes workers and companies demonstrating outstanding labor-management cooperation. Penelec is the 30th organization to receive the award.
 "The Pennsylvania Electric Co., Juniata Region, and Local 180 of the Utility Workers Union of America work hard, and work together, to deliver low-cost, dependable electric service to more than 100,000 homes and 16,000 businesses in their service area," Singel said.
 "At Penelec, a dedicated and innovative partnership between labor and management increases the bottom line for businesses and saves consumers money. Of all investor-owned utilities in Pennsylvania, Penelec's rates are the second lowest in the state."
 Singel presented the award to Robert L. Wise, president; George R. Repko Jr., customer operations vice president; Robert R. Spaulding, regional director; Gerald L. Riley, president of Local 180; and John H. Scheffer, former Local 180 president and bargaining committee member.
 Penelec labor-management committee meetings have increased communications within the region, leading to plant improvements, reducing grievances and contributing to the early ratification of a new five-year labor agreement, Singel said.
 He praised the company for developing region-wide work function groups that meet on a regular basis to discuss efficient work procedures and safety practices.
 In addition, each district office has a safety committee, and representatives attend bi-monthly regional safety meetings.
 The region's 263 Penelec workers and 62 managers build and maintain electric lines, repair substations and transformers, trim trees and read and repair meters. Other operations include an engineering department, marketing and customer services and human resource and administrative departments.
 The company works closely with Altoona Enterprises and other industrial development corporations throughout the region to aid and promote business formation and expansion.
 The Juniata Region, headquartered in Altoona, has district offices in Ebensburg, Bedford, Huntingdon, Lewistown and Shippensburg.
 Singel presented the award during the Central Labor Council, Blair and Bedford County, AFL-CIO, annual Person-of-the-Year Award Dinner.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Hillegass of Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-787-7530/


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