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Queens Chronicle

Worker Strike Averted At Ravenswood Plant

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2003 12:00 am

Union workers at the Ravenswood electrical generating plant in Long Island City reached a tentative agreement on Tuesday night that averted a strike planned for a midnight deadline.

According to published reports, the three-year agreement includes unspecified wage increases, increased job security, improved benefits and it addresses workplace safety. Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America, which represents 131 workers, reportedly reached the agreement less than an hour before the strike deadline.

The plant, which is owned by the Brooklyn-based KeySpan Corp., supplies as much as 25 percent of the city’s electricity to Con Edison. Management had maintained that the plant could continue operations despite a strike.

The agreement is expected to be presented to the union’s board of directors this week. A vote by mail would then be conducted by the last week of July to officially ratify the deal.

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