The National Labor Relations Board has lodged a complaint against Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and intends to hold a hearing on unfair labor practice charges brought by the union attempting to organize the utility's employees.
The NLRB's action responds to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' claims that BGE is violating federal labor laws by harassing and discriminating against workers engaged in union activities at its H. A. Wagner, Crane and Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power plants.
Other employees were fired, demoted or feared company reprisals for participating in organizing efforts, according to the union.
The NLRB has not yet scheduled a hearing on the charges, which were filed last August, according to agency documents.
Louis J. D'Amico, the NLRB's regional director for the Baltimore area, said other charges involving BGE are being investigated. He declined to comment further. The union charges and subsequent NLRB action mark the latest in heightening tensions between the utility and the union, which also represents 2,700 employees of Potomac Electric Power Co.