West Penn Power, Potomac Edison Maintenance Workers Vote Unanimously to Unionize with UWUA

WASHINGTON, DC (JANUARY 25, 2023) – The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO and UWUA Local 102 today announced 11 building maintenance workers with West Penn Power and Potomac Edison cast their ballots in favor of joining the UWUA. The members conduct day-to-day maintenance on commercial buildings across southwestern Pennsylvania and Maryland. First Energy is the parent company of West Penn Power and Potomac Edison.

“Congratulations to this group for successfully securing union representation,” said UWUA President James Slevin. “We welcome them to the UWUA and stand ready to fight alongside them as they work to negotiate their first contract.”

The members sought union representation to address a number of workplace issues including job security and concerns about their work being contracted outside of the company.

“These individuals understood they needed to change their worksites for the better and drove this process the entire way,” said UWUA Local 102 President Travis Beck. “They stood together throughout the process from 100% card check to unanimously voting to join the union. They stayed unified and we look forward to representing them and addressing the issues they face.”


Chartered in 1945, the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO represents 45,000 active members employed in America’s utility sectors including the electric, gas, water, and related professional and service industries. James Slevin is UWUA’s National President. For more information visit https://uwua.net.