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Sharrett union effort fails

June 16, 1999

An effort to unionize 20 service technicians at Sharrett Inc. in Hagerstown failed, the company said Wednesday.

Employees rejected the right to be represented by the Teamsters union by a 14-to-4 vote taken Tuesday, said Will Perryman, vice president of the Dual Highway business.

Perryman called it a vote of confidence for the company's management.

"The service technicians' decision in the election to retain their freedom as individuals and to handle their affairs without third-party intervention is very gratifying to all at Sharrett," Perryman said in a statement.

"It is in the best interest to all concerned that we all work together to make Sharrett the best possible place to work. In this way we will strengthen our security and our future as well as further improve our working conditions and provide the best possible service to our customers," the statement read.

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The union effort was started by Teamsters Local 992 in Hagerstown, Perryman said.

A union representative could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

- Laura Ernde

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