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USWA WINS REPRESENTATION ELECTIONS IN BOSTON FOR CLERICAL, PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES OF MASSACHUSETTS WATER RESOURCES AUTHORITY

 BOSTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In two separate, but jointly-held elections, professional and clerical employees of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) in an election held Dec. 1, the union said today.
 Of the 477 total eligible to vote, 401 cast ballots in the representation election which, by mutual agreement, was supervised by the Labor Guild of Boston. The clerical/support staff voted 182-34 for USWA representation while the administration/professional staff voted 101-85 in favor of the USWA.
 "There were a number of issues involved in the election," said Lowell King, USWA organizer who headed the effort which began October 1991. "These non-union MWRA employees were victimized by the authority's policy of disparity of treatment, threat of layoffs, and unilaterally changing policies affecting them directly. It was a grassroots effort all the way. They wanted the union -- our union -- to represent them."
 Other issues include job security, an equitable job classification system, wage parity within the units, as well as due process via a grievance and arbitration procedure. "We actually have cases of workers performing the same basic job functions earning different wages," said King. "We expect to begin meaningful negotiations for a contract as soon as possible."
 Louis J. Thomas, director of USWA District 14 which includes New England, notes, "Professionals and other white-collar workers need union representation more than ever. We represent more than 500 Boston city managers and professionals, and have increased their wages by more than 65 percent since 1985. Historically, such professionals are grossly underpaid and overworked."
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 /CONTACT: Lowell King of USWA, 800-258-8792, or USWA Communications Department, in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442/


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