On Friday, February 1st a tentative agreement was reached between IBEW 29 and People’s Gas. The contract which was set to expire on January 23rd was extended until February 8th to give both sides time to come to an agreement without a work stoppage. We met on February 1st with a mediator in attendance and with his help, we were able to come to a tentative agreement which still needs to be ratified by the membership.
Some of the highlights are as follows:
- 3-year contract with a 2.75% wage increase each year
- Bereavement Policy will be improved by going to the Company’s current policy
- PTO improvements
- Bonus improvement, we will go to APIP at 5% including overtime
- Field Collection Clerks to get a wage increase and a boot allowance
A detailed write up of all changes to the contract will be handed out, and I will explain why the negotiating committee, unanimously recommends ratifying this contract. The date, time and location of the ratification vote and meeting will be communicated to the members in the next day or two.