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In Partnership With: IBEW
Delivering electricity and strong, safe union jobs to the South
Alabama Power has been a cornerstone of progressive leadership in Alabama and the Southeast for more than 100 years. Much of the company’s success is attributed to the valuable relationship with its employees and their union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The electric company serves 1.4 million homes, businesses, and industries, thanks to its dedicated staff who deliver quality service and power to customers day and night.
Alabama Power’s partnership with IBEW dates back to 1940 when it was voluntarily recognized by the company. This relationship is stronger than ever, thanks largely to the teamwork between company and union leadership. “We are very proud that we’ve been able to form a positive relationship that benefits the customers, employees, and the company,” said IBEW System Council U-19 Business Manager Bill Frederick. “We are united in our commitment to the things that matter most, and safety is at the top of that list.”
In 2003, together they created Target Zero, a program that emphasizes a true commitment to safety, on and off the job. The results have been exemplary. Since the program’s introduction, Alabama Power’s recordable injuries have decreased from approximately 300 per year to approximately 50 per year. The successful partnership has led to other positive changes also, including a decrease in workplace grievances and fewer incidents affecting consumers.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a positive, collaborative, and productive relationship with union leadership,” says President and CEO Charles McCrary. “I firmly believe that the union leadership’s support of Target Zero is the reason we’ve seen such a dramatic improvement in our safety numbers.”
The utility also has one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry, thanks to a shared commitment to maintain a skilled workforce, fair pay and benefits, and a positive work environment. Many of its workers are expected to retire in the next decade, so IBEW and company management are focused on recruitment strategies to continue employing highly-trained, experienced, and satisfied employees.
In addition to its outstanding safety record and unique status as a large union employer in the South, a region with lower than average union membership, Alabama Power has been recognized and awarded numerous times, and was considered one of< the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” in 2008 by CRO Magazine. Alabama Power’s relationship with its workers is a model for how large, successful corporations can partner with labor, respect workers’ rights, and provide a vital service to the public.
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