Pittsburgh area utility workers approve contract

August 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Utility workers in the Pittsburgh area have approved a new contract.

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 537 said in a Saturday release the vote ends a two-month strike by about 150 union workers at four sites in the Pittsburgh area.

The union had been protesting the labor practices of Pennsylvania-American Water and its New Jersey-based parent company, American Water. Local 537 said workers went without wage increases for four years in order to win a contract. The new contract provides significant “catch-up” wage increases.

Pennsylvania-American Water and Local 537 said they’re both pleased the contract is resolved, and they look forward to working together.



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