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Water and sewer workers nix Teamsters representation

August 27, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

Water and sewer employees in Washington County voted more than 2-to-1 Wednesday against joining the Teamsters union, county officials said.

There were 27 votes cast against joining the union and 11 votes in favor. One ballot was ruled void.

All 39 eligible employees voted in the election, said County Administrator Rodney Shoop.

The election date was set at a July 28 meeting between county and union officials and mediator Ira Jaffe of Potomac, Md.

Employees classified as supervisors could not vote, Shoop said. There are about 64 employees in the water and sewer department, he said.

County Commissioner President Gregory I. Snook said the vote means the majority of county employees do not want or need union representation.

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"I see this as one more indication that the board (of County Commissioners) has done the right thing for its employees," he said.

Teamsters Local 103 organizing director Bill Mowery, who had predicted a union victory in the election, could not be reached for comment. Two messages left on his pager were not returned Wednesday.

Currently, 14 percent of the 600-plus county employees are represented by a union.

About 85 roads department, landfill and County Commuter workers are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2677, said Alan J. Davis, county personnel director.

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