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Morning Read: Is a Pepco Strike Imminent?

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    The union representing Pepco workers rejected the electric utility company’s final offer Wednesday, making the possibility of a strike imminent.

    With 1,000 people voting, the union rejected the contract by about 5 to 1, according to the Washington Post. The offered contract included annual wage increases over a four-year span: 2.25 percent the first year and then 2.5 percent annually after that.

    But the union, according to the Post, is objecting several provisions in the offer, including Pepco’s proposal to eliminate the union’s ability to arbitrate changes to its health and welfare plans with a more arduous process.

    Among other requests, the union also thinks workers should receive additional pay during storm restorations. Pepco says it’s prepared for a strike and customers won’t notice a difference in service. Read the full story here.

    While these negotiations were going on, the D.C. Public Service Commission approved Pepco’s rate increase request, which would raise the average residential bill $2.60 a month.

    The Mayor’s Task Force on power lines also convened Wednesday for a public hearing on moving the District’s power lines underground. The newly revived Housing Complex blog has a post explaining in detail the costs and benefits of moving the lines underground. Read it here.

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