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Vectren union rejects new labor agreement

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Union members serving more than 570,000 natural gas customers in central and southeast Indiana announced Thursday they have rejected a new three-year contract.

"We have worked in good faith with union leadership for many months and provided employees more than two weeks to vote the contract," Vectren Vice President of Utility Operations Bill Doty said. "It is disappointing that many long-time employees have rejected the contract proposal that would have extended secure jobs and offered highly competitive wages and benefits."

The package reportedly included: Guaranteed annual wage increases; increased pension contributions; health care coverage exceeding national averages; and provisions designed to further enhance safety and emergency response.

Vectren and union leadership agreed to initiate negotiations in October in advance of the Dec. 1, 2011, contract expiration.

The deadline was extended for two weeks to allow time for the approximately 270 union members to vote on the proposal.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1393 and United Steelworkers Locals 12213 and 7441 employee-members help deliver natural gas to customers in Vectren's North service territory.


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Unions are the devil in disguise..

-- Posted by kubotafan on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 6:38 AM

I noticed they only reported from one point of view and didn't interview anyone from the union

-- Posted by somepeople on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 9:59 AM

I hope they vote themselfs right out of a job!

-- Posted by obeone on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 3:10 PM

I just hope the management and contractors taking over the work are as professional as the highly skilled and trained union employees. The Union employees respond to emergency sittuations on a daily basis risking their lives to protect the public and to provide safe and reliable service. After reading the proposed contract offered by Vectren Energy, im not sure the Union employees could perform there regular duties after working their regular day shift an countless hours in the middle of the night durring the week of service watch, and be expected to respond to 50% of the after hours calls also. thats a little much in my eyes. I would not want a person who has only had a 2 or 3 hours of sleep working on Natural Gas lines in or around my home.

-- Posted by welder on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 6:40 PM


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