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Second union rejects Lakehaven contract

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

Another group of union employees at Lakehaven Utility District voted down its contract earlier this month, just days after the district’s attorney, Steve Pritchett, said he expected the contract would be accepted by the workers.

“We had a tentative agreement, in which basically the bargaining teams on their side and on our side agreed,” Pritchett said. “They took it to their membership and they voted it down.”

The union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 2, represents clerical workers at the district.

Diana Prenguber, staff representative for Council 2, did not phone return calls from The Mirror asking for comment.

Pritchett said Lakehaven officials will “try to pick right up and keep working on this.” Another contract negotiation meeting was scheduled for Monday.

Unlike International Union of Operating Engineers Local 286 workers at Lakehaven, who’ve been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2004, the AFSCME contract isn’t up until the end of next month.

“Both sides are confident we’ll be able to put this together,” Pritchett said, adding he doesn’t think the district will call in a state mediator for assistance.

A mediator from the Public Employees Relations Commission was requested for the engineers’ negotiations.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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