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Wind turbine plant employees say ‘no’ to union  

Employees of Clipper Turbine Works decided not to join a union in a weekend vote that represented one of the first attempts to unionize a wind industry supplier in Iowa.

The National Labor Relations Board conducted elections Friday and Saturday at the plant in southwest Cedar Rapids on representation by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 204.

The vote was 45 in favor of the union and 125 opposed to the union, with 13 challenged votes, according to Bob Chester, district director for the National Labor Relations Board.

Chester said the number of challenged votes was insufficient to have an impact on the outcome of the election. He said results will be certified in seven days unless an objection is filed.

The Cedar Rapids plant assembles Clipper’s 2.5-megawatt Liberty wind turbines.

By Dave DeWitte

The Gazette

30 June 2008

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