After an 18-month organizing drive, a majority of Baltimore Gas & Electric's1,418 gas and transmission-distribution workers voted to join the IBEW on Jan. 12. "This is a fantastic moment for our new brothers and sisters and one of the largest organizing election victories any union has seen in years," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. “This will transform not only their lives, but the lives of their families, and I think it will be an inspiration for working people across the U.S. and Canada.” BG&E workers will now form a new local -- Baltimore Local 410—chosen because it is the area code served by BG&E. It will be the first time Stephenson will charter a new local since becoming international president. Read more
photo: Marvin Austin, a gas pipeline mechanic for BGE and employee leader of the organizing campaign, hugs International Vice President Kenneth Cooper after the vote count on Jan. 12.