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United Way praises Labor Management Partnership

United WayAt its annual "Best of" awards ceremony, the Greater Twin Cities United Way honored CenterPoint Energy for the Best Labor Management Partnership Campaign. CNP management from Minnesota, along with leaders from the Gas Workers Union, Local 340; Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Local 12; and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 949 attended the awards ceremony in late March. A team of employees representing all business units and levels in Minnesota, including union employees, was assembled for the United Way campaign.

"The partnership with the unions was key to our continued success, as they make up 74 percent of our workforce," said Suzanne Pierazek, Community Relations manager. "Management and union leaders worked together to communicate messages at nearly 100 staff meetings over a three-month period in support of the United Way Campaign."

Pictured from left to right, are Mike O‟Connor, IBEW, Local 949; Bryan Bruley, Operations director; Charles McCoy, Construction and Maintenance special foreperson and Local 340; Gary Rogalski, field support representative and Local 12; and Terrie Bares, regional structure representative and Local 12; Pierazek; David Baker, Distribution Operations division vice president (formerly division vice president of the Minnesota region); Joe Vortherms, HSP director; Paul Albinson, key account manager; Scott Darsie, master technician and Local 949; and Jean Krause, Corporate Community Relations director.