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Atlantic City Electric Workers Accept New Contract, Ending Strike

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Atlantic City Electric workers have accepted a new contract, ending a month-long strike.

By Vince Conti

COURT HOUSE – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 210’s strike against Atlantic City Electric ended with an affirmative vote by union members on new contract terms Tuesday, Dec. 5, one month after it began.

A statement from Atlantic City Electric said, “We feel confident that we bargained in good faith and reached an equitable and competitive agreement that is fair for employees and customers.”

Workers were returning to work on Wednesday, Dec. 6. During the strike, Atlantic City Electric had employed outside contractors to maintain service levels for its customer base. One of the issues in the strike negotiations was a union concern for better protections involving subcontracting work.

According to the union’s website, the union signed its first collective bargaining agreement with Atlantic City Electric in 1941 and has successfully negotiated 32 renewal contracts for its workforce at the utility.

The new contract includes pay increases, additional vacation and holiday time and a work-at-home option for some employees.

A statement from the union said its workers were “eager to get back to work.” The roughly 400 union members who went on strike were without health benefits until the new contract was accepted.

Contact the author, Vince Conti, at vconti@cmcherald.com.

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Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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