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At Indianapolis Power & Light: Clerical/Technical Unit of 200 Employees Votes IBEW

January/February 2002 IBEW Journal

Nearly 200 employees in the clerical/technical unit at Indianapolis Power & Light Company have voted for representation by IBEW Local 1395.

The clerical/technical unit employees previously were represented by the Electric Utility Workers Union (EUWU), which was an independent union certified as the bargaining representative for clerical/technical workers at Indianapolis Power & Light in 1937. On August 19, 2001, employees voted to revoke the bargaining rights of EUWU and to choose IBEW Local 1395 as their exclusive bargaining agent.

Local 1395 also represents approximately 800 members employed as physical unit workers at Indianapolis Power & Light locations in Indianapolis, Martinsville and Petersburg, Indiana, said Business Manager Gary Woodall, as well as employees of Richmond Power & Light Company and Tipmont Rural Electric Municipal Co-Op (REMC).

Applied Electrical Services, Inc. (AES) purchased Indianapolis Power & Light in 2000. A global power company with properties throughout the world, AES is headquartered in Virginia.

Sixth District International Representative Susie A. Barber coordinated the campaign, and International Representatives Donna S. Myron, David J. Ruhmkorff and Alan P. Goddard, along with organizers Rich Champley (Local 51, Springfield, Illinois), Hector Gonzalez (Local 134, Chicago), Jane Lawson (Local 723, Fort Wayne, Indiana), Betty Myron (Local 15, Downers Grove, Illinois), and Char White (Local 15), assisted in organizing the unit.

Sixth District International Vice President Lawrence P. Curley extended his congratulations and welcomed this new unit into the IBEW. The combined strength of the physical and clerical units will empower Local 1395s vision for the future, said Vice President Curley.