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Adelphia W. Va. Employees Decertify Union

Adelphia Communications Corp. employees in Morgantown, W. Va., voted 27-13 Thursday to decertify Local 2004 of the Communications Workers of America, AP reported.

The employees had been without a contract since June, and the CWA had rejected several offers by the MSO since, AP added.

An earlier decertification attempt was rejected by the National Labor Relations Board, which found Adelphia guilty of unfair labor practices, AP said.

The CWA has not indicated whether it will challenge the results of this election, which must be certified by the NLRB. Only one of 42 eligible members failed to vote, and another vote was declared invalid, AP said.

Similar Adelphia union-decertification votes have taken place in Ashland, Ky., and State College, Pa., during the past three years.

"There seems to be a pattern with Adelphia, which has just been extremely difficult to work with in getting contracts," CWA president Ron Gaskins said earlier this week.

"Adelphia is just very, very good to its employees," general manager Susan Lorenzo told AP. "There certainly was a time for union involvement, but today's employees are smart enough to see that they are Adelphia's first priorities, and Adelphia recognizes their value."