Jim Harrison, President, Local 223, UWUA
said, 'Despite having tough issues to tackle in these negotiations, both parties worked hard to stay focused on the end goal and were able to reach a deal prior to the contract expiration date.'
UWUA Local 102 represents about 700 employees, including 415 West Penn Power and 209 Potomac Edison linemen, substation workers, meter readers and technicians.
Key provisions of the new contract with UWUA Local 102 include:
As part of a previously reached settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, FirstEnergy agreed to provide job opportunities for the remaining 40 laid off UWUA Local 102 members impacted by the deactivations of the Hatfield's Ferry and Mitchell power stations in western Pennsylvania in 2013.
UWUA Local 180 employees were notified earlier today that they will be returning to work under the terms of the company's Last, Best and Final Offer (LBFO) of November 6, 2013.
"We will continue negotiations with UWUA to arrive at an agreed upon contract ratified by Local 180 members."
electricity distribution business, said of the UWUA pact in a press release.
UWUA has six locals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The Gas Utility Workers Program is being administered by the UWUA
's Power 4 America Training Trust Fund, which connects workers with the highest quality training available to meet the needs of industry and the global marketplace.
UWUA Local 322 of Spencer, which represents 50 National Grid employees and Local 317 of Beverly have strike authorization votes scheduled for later this month.
The utility said it is negotiating a new agreement with both the UWUA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which together represent about 1,700 National Grid line personnel and field operations staff in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Sullivan, president of UWUA Local 369 of Braintree, said the two sides remain far apart, separated by what the union contends is National Grid's failure to address maintenance issues that impact worker safety and service reliability.