Union at N.H. Electric Co-op Delays Plan for Strike

May 5, 2018

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The Union representing workers at the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative utility is delaying plans for a strike.

Union members voted 79-to-1 to reject the company's contract offer as it stands now.

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One of the main sticking points was the utility's provision to allow for changing pension and 401(k) plans for lineworkers without negotiation. Historically the plans have not been on par with the benefits management receives, the union says.

Dick Rogers is Business Manager for IBEW Local 1837 and says a strike has been halted because the Co-op agreed to continue negotiations on Monday.

"So the committee basically agreed that we would wait [until] Monday morning at 9 o’clock,” Rogers says. “And I hope that the company is serious, that they come in with something substantial."