We respect our employees’ rights to negotiate the terms of their employment through the labor unions they choose to represent them. Approximately 45% of FirstEnergy employees are represented by 22 local unions covered by 21 collective bargaining agreements, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). These employees work in critical areas of our business, including distribution and transmission, power generation and various support occupations.
We emphasize healthy labor relations because we understand employees who participate in important workplace decisions have high levels of commitment, engagement and productivity. We work with labor unions in key areas, such as implementing initiatives to foster a safety-first culture, offering enhanced technical training programs, advancing health and wellness and building career pathways. We participate in multiple cooperation initiatives with the union leaders representing our employees. This enables the company and union to coequally fund and pursue projects outside of work that are mutually beneficial.