To: Local 459 Members Employed at Penelec
The Company has offered a 4-year contract extension with economic modifications only and the understanding that the Union or Management would not propose any language or working condition changes. The ratification vote will be ‘Accept or Reject’. If the majority of the bargaining unit membership chooses reject, the negotiating committees will begin full contract negotiations.
The extension offer will be distributed on Monday, January 4, 2021 via MDT and e-mail to minimize contact. The vote will be conducted on Monday, January 11, 2021. If any member of the bargaining unit has not had a chance to review the extension, please call the union hall.
Due to the challenges of the pandemic, a schedule to vote on the extension is being finalized for the Local 459 Union Reps to meet at the shops at a designated time to conduct the vote. Once finalized, the schedule will be posted on the Local 459 website.
Due to limited time at each location, these meetings are strictly to vote on the extension and complying with social distancing guidelines shall be observed. Company Supervision will work with the Union Reps on scheduling times for bargaining unit members to ensure social distancing. If anyone is off work on January 11, 2021, they can come into the shop and vote during the time scheduled for your work location or to the union hall.
Summary of the offer is a four (4) year extension of the existing contract with annual wage increases, two additional paid company holidays (Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veterans Day) increase on all meal stipends, shift differential and Sunday premium pay.