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This is a joint informational web site brought to you by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #1393 and United Steelworkers Local #7441 and #12213. The purpose of the web site will be to keep the membership informed of your contract negotiations with Indiana Gas Company, Inc. d/b/a Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, Inc. The information on this web site can be viewed by ALL internet users therefore updates will be general in nature and will not include items that the Union considers confidential.

Updates will be posted after every bargaining session with Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, Inc. and ask that you take the time to view these updates to stay informed about your contract.

Also contained in this web site will be items related to the pending IURC complaint filed against Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, Inc. Cause #44030 which was filed by 14 individuals and your Unions concerning Vectren Energy Delivery, Inc. decision to close 16 offices in Indiana.

Benefits of Union Membership
Union members have the benefit of negotiating with their employer as a group. This basic right gives them much more power than if they were to negotiate individually. On average, union employees make 27 percent more than nonunion workers. Ninety-two percent of union workers have job-related health coverage versus 68 percent for nonunion workers. Union workers also have a great advantage over nonunion workers in securing guaranteed pensions.

Through their CBAs and the grievance and arbitration processes, unions help to protect their employees from unjust dismissal. Therefore, most union employees cannot be fired without “just cause,” unlike many nonunion employees who are considered “at-will” employees and can be fired at any time and for almost any reason.

Another powerful union tool is the strike. A strike is when a group of workers stops working in protest to labor conditions or as a bargaining tool during negotiations between labor and management. There is significant debate about whether or not strikes are effective, but there may be circumstances where a strike is a necessary last resort for a union.

 

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