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Paramedics, Green Energy Workers and More Join AFL-CIO Unions

Ikea workers vote to join IAM in Danville, Va.

Emergency medical service professionals, Ikea workers and green energy geothermal technicians are among the latest workers to choose AFL-CIO unions.

More than 150 paramedics, emergency medical technicians, nurses, fleet techs and vehicle supply techs at Rural/Metro of Northern California voted overwhelmingly last week to join AFSCME Local 491/United EMS Workers. They join the more than 400 Rural/Metro EMS professionals in Santa Clara County and the Medic Ambulance EMS workers in Solano County, who earlier this year voted to join AFSCME.

In Port Wentworth, Ga., 62 workers at an IKEA warehouse voted to join the Machinists (IAM). They are the third group of IKEA workers to recently choose a voice with IAM.

About 300 workers at an IKEA supplier plant in Danville, Va., voted overwhelmingly for IAM representation last year after a fierce anti-union campaign by management and some 350 workers at an IKEA facility in Perryville, Md., overcame similar tactics to win IAM representation earlier this year.  

Meanwhile, about 30 bus drivers at Shiloh Services Inc. and the sub-contractor, Phoenix Management, Inc. at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, won voluntary recognition with the IAM. In Louisville, Ky., eight boiler operators who provide steam energy to Zeon Chemicals and Lubrizol and nine workers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington employed by Strategic Resources Inc. voted to join IAM.

In Utica, N.Y., more than 80 registered nurses at the Faxton Campus of St. Luke's Healthcare voted to join Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1126. While in Chambersburg, Pa., about 30 workers at CenturyLink voted to join CWA Local 13000.

The 20 workers at the Puna Geothermal Venture on Hawaii who tap into the Big Island’s deep reservoirs of hot water and steam to deliver clean, renewable energy to Aloha State residents voted to join Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1260.

The plant’s workers drill wells deep into the ground to bring deposits of steam and hot water to the surface that can be used to generate electricity. The Puna plant currently fulfills a fifth of the Big Island’s energy needs.

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