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Wed December 30, 2009
Third round of negotiation for utility workers
By Molly Messick with Addie Goss
Laramie, WY – Union electrical workers and Rocky Mountain Power had a third round of contract negotiations Tuesday. The President of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 127, Harold Giberson, says there was progress, and union members will have to vote on the new contract offer. The main sticking point, he says, is health insurance. He says the power company's contract would more than double the amount employees pay. But Giberson says not everything about the package is bad: "If you just look at the medical things then yeah, that's terrible. But if you look at some other pieces, it may not be so terrible."
The decision now lies with the nearly 600 union members, who work at the Jim Bridger, Dave Johnston and Wyodak power plants. Workers rejected a contract offer earlier this month, and voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.