By RICHARD F. BELISLE
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Workers at Waste Management of the Shenandoah Valley voted 28 to 22 Friday to have the Teamsters union become their bargaining unit with management, a move that may include about 50 full- and part-time workers at the solid waste collection service in Martinsburg, a union official said.
Company officials had little to say about the vote.
Linden Heavner, spokesman for Local 992 of the General Teamsters and Allied Workers in Hagerstown, said a simple majority vote was all that was needed to bring the union in.
West Virginia, like Maryland and Pennsylvania, have laws allowing closed shops, Heavner said. The union and company will negotiate a contract that may require that all full- and regular part-time drivers, helpers and recycle employees be part of the union bargaining unit, he said.