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Production and maintenance workers at Lancaster Steel Service Co. voted on Thursday to join the United Steelworkers of America by 59 to 31, according to a union organizer.

There were 105 people eligible to vote in the labor election, Steelworkers organizer Frank Hotchkiss said. Chief goals for the workers who back the union include seniority rights on the job and a defined-benefit pension plan, Hotchkiss said. Steelworkers organizer Anthony Egnoto also worked on the campaign.

The election result means the Steelworkers will begin to negotiate toward a contract with the company. Drivers at the steel service company, located at 3915 Walden Ave. in Lancaster, are already represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

In another labor election Thursday, the Operating Engineers Local 17 narrowly lost a vote at United Materials LLC in Orchard Park, 6 to 5. The union sought to represent cement mixer drivers and operators at the company's site on Bank Street.

Both elections were conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

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