New Contract Agreement Ratified for Members in Littleton

October 30, 2013 - Union members at Littleton Water and Light (LWL) have ratified a new 5-year contract a full two months before the expiration of their current collective bargaining agreement.

The successor agreement takes effect on January 1, 2014 and runs through December 31, 2018 with 2.8% wage increases in each year of the contract.

Union and LWL negotiators agreed to meet in the future if necessary to discuss any cost increases related to the Affordable Care Act (frequently referred to as "Obamacare"). Another change in the contract will require members to submit a receipt if they want to be reimbursed for a meal.

"I think this is a fair contract for our members at Littleton," IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tom Ryan said. "It's a fair deal with guaranteed wage increases and no substantive changes to the current terms and conditions of employment."

Brother Ryan was assisted in the negotiations by Chief Steward Paul Bresnahan and Jeff Simano. IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers was on hand for the contract meeting and the ratification vote.

Approximately 10 members of IBEW Local 1837 at Littleton Water and Light are employed as Lineworkers, Meter Workers, Water Workers, and Clerks.

Littleton Water and Light is a municipal department of the Town of Littleton, New Hampshire. IBEW Local #1837 members there help supply water and electrical service to approximately 5,500 people.