IBEW, Luminant set to vote on pacts

Balloting Oct. 21-22nd at Local Union 2078

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2078 members, employed in Luminant mines and power plants, will vote on new contracts Oct. 21 and 22.

Ronnie Burrough, Local 2078 business manager, said the company and union reached a tentative agreement Friday.

Local 2078 members will actually vote on two separate contracts, one covering 180 hourly workers at the Three Oaks Mine and another covering 65 hourly employees of Sandow Power Plants Units 4 and 5.

“Each contract is separate and will pass or fail on its own, independent of the other contract,” Burrough said.

Both proposals are two-year contracts.

Current three-year contracts will expire over the next month. The pact covering Sandow Units 4 and 5 expires Oct. 25 and the contract covering Three Oaks is up Nov. 15.

Contract talks between the company and union began Sept. 21.

HISTORY— Luminant became the Rockdale area’s largest industrial employer when Alcoa closed its Rockdale Operations smelter in 2008.

The prevous three-year mining contact was negotiated in 2007, the year Luminant took over Sandow 5 from Alcoa.

Earlier this year Alcoa sued Luminant over issues that included the way Luminant operated the mine.

Luminant won that civil suit in 20th District Court of Milam County and was awarded $10 million in damages.

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