Unions approve deal with gas utility Vectren North

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Posted: Dec 23, 2011 11:12 AM
Unions approve deal with gas utility Vectren North

Gas company Vectren North says 270 union workers will soon be back on the job after they ratified a new three-year labor agreement.

The natural gas supplier to 570,000 customers in central and southeastern Indiana said members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1393 and United Steelworkers Locals 12213 and 7441 notified the company Thursday evening that they have ratified the deal.

Employees will return to work Friday, the Indianapolis-based utility said.

Vectren had locked out the workers Dec. 16 after they voted down a proposal. Talks resumed Wednesday at the request of a federal mediator and resulted in a tentative agreement early Thursday.

The Vectren Corp. subsidiary says union members perform service disconnects, reconnects, new installations and after-hours service calls.