Company, UWUA Local 69 Agree To Contract
A new four-year labor contract has been ratified between Dominion officials and members of Utility Workers Union of America (United Gas Workers Union) Local 69.
According to Dominion, the new labor agreement includes changes to business unit operations as well as employee benefits. The agreement is retroactive to April 1, 2016 and runs through April 1, 2020.
“We want to thank both the management and union negotiating teams for all their hard work to get this contract completed,” said Jeff Murphy vice president and general manager, Dominion Hope, and Brian Sheppard, vice president-Pipeline Operations, Dominion Transmission.
“We also look forward to moving ahead and maintaining our continued focus of providing safe and reliable natural gas service to our customers.”
UGWU Local 69 issued a statement via social media.
In a Facebook post on the UGWU Local 69’s Facebook page, union representatives congratulated membership “after a long hard fight to protect each other and our future members.”
“I am very proud of each and every member for showing the Union Morality needed to garner the agreement we were able to reach,” said Craig Bradford, president of UGWU Local 69.
According to the UGWU Local 69, final vote totals will be provided after they are certified by the Union Executive Board.
The news of a contract comes just before an April 1 deadline.
In September, failed contract negotiations resulted in a lockout of UGWU Local 69 workers. The week-long lockout had affected workers in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia.
The lockout ended after company officials and union officials had then made an agreement, to extend until April 1. The union had noted that its members agreed not to strike in return for Dominion agreeing not to lock out union members for the duration of the agreement.