Region III Local Reports

Officers Report 2015, Part 6

Locals 118, 126, 140, 350, 351 & 457

Contracts with FirstEnergy are scheduled to expire in mid-2015. The locals began meeting with the company in the fall of 2014. Those early negotiations resulted in ratification of new agreements that won’t expire until mid-2020.

Local 175, OH

Local 175, located in Dayton, OH, represents members at Dayton Power and Light (DP&L), a subsidiary of AES, as well as Vectren Energy.

The Vectren contract expired on October 31, 2012, and the membership rejected the company’s offer over safety concerns. At 7:30 am on November 16, the company locked them out. With the assistance of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the local continued negotiations and successfully addressed the membership’s safety concerns. The new three-year agreement included improved wages, health care, and retirement benefits. The agreement was ratified, and employees returned to work.

The local’s contract with DP&L was set to expire on October 31, 2014. The local was able to negotiate a three-year successor agreement that included rolling hourly incentive pay into the base rates before applying the annual percentage increases. In addition, there was an increase to the pension formula in the first year, improved company match and contributions to 401k, and continued company contributions for quality medical insurance.

Local 270, OH

In early 2012 FirstEnergy notified Local 270 they planned to close all three of the coal-fired generating plants along the Lake Erie shore. However, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission intervened and required the plants to continue operations until certain transmission and substation upgrades were completed.

The company also installed synchronous condensers at the Eastlake Plant to maintain voltage which will be manned by 12 members.

The local bargained over the effects of the plant closing, and reached an agreement with the company on a three-year contract extension, with a Voluntary Severance Program tied to the pension plan, ensuring pensions and retiree healthcare remained intact. In addition, any member desirous of continuing employment has the ability to transfer to another job. There will be no layoffs.

The local negotiated a three-year agreement with NRG for members at the Avon Lake Plant, which is being converted from coal to natural gas.

Locals 349 & 430, OH

The 349 & 430 contracts with Columbia Gas were scheduled to expire in January and April 2012, respectively. Both locals successfully negotiated and ratified new five-year agreements, providing annual wage increases and continued benefit packages. Aqua Ohio Water Council,

Locals 425, 427 & 428

The Ohio Water Council successfully negotiated a new four-year contract in early 2015. The agreement includes annual wage increases, an additional paid personal day, improved footwear allowances, and allows an employee to continue to accumulate seniority during injury or illness leave for up to 24 months. The company will make a lump sum contribution to employee’s 401k in the first three years, and continue their match on the member’s contribution based on base rates. Beginning no later than January 1, 2018, the member’s contribution and a 4% match by the company will be on gross wages.