New Contract Inked, N.H. Electric Co-op Union Members Will Return to Work

May 21, 2018

IBEW Local 1837 members after a new contract deal was reached, following a two-week strike at N.H. Electric Cooperative.
Credit IBEW

Union workers at the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will return to work tomorrow, after a two-week strike.

The utility says its board of directors voted unanimously Monday to approve the workers' new contract. 

 

Eighty-three co-op employees are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. 

 

They ratified the new contract last week. It addressed a dispute over who should control future changes to workers' pensions. 

 

It marks the end of the IBEW's first strike in 30 years in New Hampshire and Maine.

 

And it means the Electric Co-op's union line crews are back on the job. They'd been replaced by private contractors during the strike. 

 

The co-op serves 84,000 customers in more than 100 towns across the state.