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      Alger-Delta Electric strike is over

      After three weeks the strike is over at Alger-Delta Electrical Cooperative. With the help of a Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, a tentative agreement has been reached between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876 and Alger-Delta.

      They have agreed on a retroactive contract effective January 1, 2014 through November 30, 2015. The new agreement includes a wage increase of 2 percent for the first year of the contract, and 4 percent for the second.

      Also addressed was the unionâ??s concern over apprentices performing meter change-outs.

      â??We still believe that sending out trained and qualified people to do that meets OSHA standards,â?? said Alger-Delta CEO Tom Harrell. â??However, they did bring up some other issues and weâ??re made some movement on that, we will not be doing that going forward.â??

      In a press release, IBEW Local 876 business manager Hank Hatulewicz said his union members are pleased an agreement has been reached and they are looking forward to building a more constructive labor relationship with Alger-Delta.

      Alger-Delta said they are looking forward to getting back to their primary mission, serving their 10,000 members in the central U.P.