Central Maine Power Co. employees vote to unionize

Posted May 10, 2013, at 1:35 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A small group of employees at Central Maine Power Co. recently voted to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Six fiber microwave technicians at CMP voted in an election administered by the National Labor Relations Board to join IBEW Local 1837, the largest existing bargaining unit at CMP, according to a press release from the Maine AFL-CIO.

Fiber microwave techs are responsible for the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of CMP’s fiber-optic cable and microwave networks that carry both voice and data communications.

“We’re very pleased with the election outcome,” CMP fiber microwave tech Bob Craig said in a prepared statement. “We were strong for the union from the start, and despite numerous anti-union meetings, we became stronger.”

IBEW Local 1837 has added 28 new workers in the past year according to Matt Beck, organizer for the local union, which represents approximately 1,000 workers in Maine and another 500 in New Hampshire.

Workers at Bangor Hydro, Unitil and Maine Public Service have all voted to join the union in the past year, according to the Maine AFL-CIO.

Beck said there are currently campaigns under way to add another 200 workers to its rolls.

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