Penelec’s Utility Workers Union of America Local 180 to return to work

Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE), will end its lockout of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 180 members on Monday, April 14, 2014. 

The action ends a 20-week lockout that began on November 25, 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.  The LBFO contains wage increases, increases in shift premiums and meal allowances, and additional operational improvements such as a new job classification intended to increase customer service and efficiency. 

“We are pleased that Local 180 employees will be returning to work and remain committed to resolving our issues,” said Scott Wyman, Penelec regional president.  “We will continue negotiations with UWUA to arrive at an agreed upon contract ratified by Local 180 members.”

Local 180 members will return to their normal reporting location at 7 a.m. on April 14.  Employees will be reinstated to the positions they held prior to the lockout.

Penelec serves approximately 600,000 customers in 31 Pennsylvania counties.  Follow Penelec on Twitter @Penelec.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.  

The action ends a 20-week lockout that began on November 25, 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.  The LBFO contains wage increases, increases in shift premiums and meal allowances, and additional operational improvements such as a new job classification intended to increase customer service and efficiency. 

“We are pleased that Local 180 employees will be returning to work and remain committed to resolving our issues,” said Scott Wyman, Penelec regional president.  “We will continue negotiations with UWUA to arrive at an agreed upon contract ratified by Local 180 members.”

Local 180 members will return to their normal reporting location at 7 a.m. on April 14.  Employees will be reinstated to the positions they held prior to the lockout.

Penelec serves approximately 600,000 customers in 31 Pennsylvania counties.  Follow Penelec on Twitter @Penelec.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.