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"This is a huge milestone for the IBEW and the IDP," said IBEW 291 business manager Mark Zaleski.
IBEW officials said they'll be working with IDP staff to draw up a contract to address staff concerns while meeting both management and staff needs.
"Although it creates some challenges, I am pleased our staff has decided to unionize," said IDP Chairman Bert Marley. "Our staff is setting an example of what it means to 'walk the talk' for other state parties and progressive organizations around the country."