NYPA Press Release

NYPA Announces Three Year Contract Renewal with the Utility Workers Union of America


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Contract Extension Signals UWUA Support for New York’s Energy Future


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority today announced it has ratified a new three-year contract extension agreement between the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest public utility, and the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2 representing nearly 30 skilled trade workers at the New York Power Authority’s Eugene W. Zeltmann Combined Cycle Power Plant in Queens, New York. NYPA is New York State’s public power entity which provides nearly a quarter of New York’s electricity. The new contract was overwhelmingly ratified by the UWUA membership in January and was approved by the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees at the January 29 meeting.


“The Power Authority is happy to have reached a fair contract extension with the UWUA to ensure the continuation of good wages and medical benefits for a critical part of NYPA’s workforce,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This agreement highlights the important work of New York’s skilled labor force in helping to build a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.”


The contract extension includes 2 percent wage increases for UWUA employees every year from 2020 through 2022. Major provisions also include a pilot program to reclassify some of plant positions to more accurately reflect the work.


“UWUA Local 1-2 and its members are pleased that they were able to reach this agreement with NYPA to improve the wages and maintain the benefits for its workers in Queens; and that we were able to do so without the prolonged negotiations which were typical of the past,” stated Union President James Shillitto.  “We look forward to continue working with NYPA to provide clean power for New York City and good jobs for our members.”


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