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March 15, 1993

Danaher Tool Group plant employees vote against joining 0) Teamsters union

Employees of Danaher Tool Group's Baltimore Distribution Center in Hanover have chosen not to join a union, a company representative said Friday.

Warehouse and distribution workers at the Parkway Drive center voted 99 to 39 against representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 311, said Gary Simpler, an attorney with Shawe & Rosenthal, which represents the company.

Company officials believe that "the employees' interests were better served not to be represented by a union but to deal directly with management," Mr. Simpler said. "The vote demonstrates the employees believe that as well."

He said the company has a good track record and relationship with employees, and officials have been responsive to employees' problems.

But a union official said employees who initially soughrepresentation described working conditions at the center as poor.

The official said he thought employees feared losing their jobs if they voted to join the union.

Danaher's Hanover center distributes hand tools under such names as Craftsman, K-D Tools and Allen Tools.

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