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1,500 BGE employees to vote on joining union

BALTIMORE — Employees at Baltimore Gas & Electric will vote next month on whether to unionize one of the country’s few nonunion utilities.

About 1,500 employees are eligible to vote on whether to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The National Labor Relations Board will hold balloting on Dec. 16 and 17. It’s the first union election at BGE since 2000, when employees voted nearly 2-to-1 against unionization.

The 1,500 employees include linemen and maintenance workers and represent about half of BGE’s 3,200 employees.

Union officials are promising more job security, noting the company’s recent efforts to merge or find a buyer. BGE officials say unionization is not needed because its workers have good leadership, pay and benefits.