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USWA: USWA MEMBERS RATIFY NEW CONTRACTS WITH BAY STATE GAS ENDING SIX-MONTH LOCKOUT

 SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of Local Unions 12026 and 14930 of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) today ratified new, six-year contracts with Bay State Gas Co. (NYSE: BGC), ending a six-month lockout.
 Work is scheduled to resume July 19.
 The vote at Local 12026, conducted here, was 110-22. Local 14930, meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., approved the settlement 34-6.
 The agreements raise wages 26.2 percent over six years; improve pension benefits in amounts ranging from $2 per month per year of service to $6 per month per year of service; increase wage differentials and meal allowances, and offer a one-time early retirement program that includes a $500 monthly pension supplement.
 Most importantly, the unions withstood the company's demand for a cafeteria-style benefit plan and won instead an agreement that permits employees to choose between Blue Cross/Blue Shield Flex Blue and Health New England HMO.
 Under this provision, employee contributions for health care will fall from the current 20 percent of the cost to 12 percent for the first year, then increase to 15 percent in the second year and return to 20 percent in the third year.
 In addition, Bay State Gas agreed to a neutrality clause under which it promised not to interfere with union attempts to organize temporary workers employed by the company.
 "I'm very proud of the solidarity displayed by our members," said Lou Thomas, director of USWA District 14. "We are also grateful for the help of the AFL-CIO and the unionized workers of New England. Without the solidarity, and without the help of our brothers and sisters in labor, we could not have won this important victory."
 Charles McLaughlin, staff representative in USWA District 14 and coordinator for the locked-out gas workers, said: "The members are going back under their terms, not the company's."
 The lockout began Jan. 16 when members of Local 12026 voted unanimously by secret ballot to reject Bay State's proposal. The company extended the lockout to members of Local 14930 on April 1.
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 /CONTACT: Charles McLaughlin, staff representative of USWA District 14, 508-832-6066; James Healy, president of USWA Local 12026, 413-739-5616; or Frank Northrup, president of USWA Local 14930, 603-679-8819/
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CO: United Steelworkers of America; Bay State Gas Co. ST: Massachusetts, New Hampshire IN: OIL SU:

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