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BRIEF: No new developments in local Penelec strike
[May 24, 2009]

BRIEF: No new developments in local Penelec strike

May 24, 2009 (The Daily Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- There have been no negotiations between management and Penelec workers since a strike started at 11 p.m. Thursday in 31 Pennsylvania counties, including Bradford, a company spokesman said Saturday evening.

No negotiations between the two sides are scheduled, said the spokesman, Scott Surgeoner of First Energy, which is the parent company of Penelec. "Nothing has changed" since the work stoppage began, he said.

Penelec employees with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 459 hit the picket line Friday in Bradford County.

On Friday, the employees were picketing Penelec in Towanda and in Sayre as well as areas outside the county including Tunkhannock, Montrose and Mansfield, said Keith Kinsman of Towanda, the local union steward.

Surgeoner has said a contingency plan would ensure that customers wouldn't notice the strike. "We have a contingency plan in place; we will bring in additional workers that have line experience," he has said. He said the company is committed to making the stoppage "transparent to customers." The phone number of The Daily Review's newsroom is (570) 265-1632; its e-mail address is To see more of The Daily Review or to subscribe to the newspaper, visit Copyright (c) 2009, The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. For reprints, email, call 800-374-7985 or 847-635-6550, send a fax to 847-635-6968, or write to The Permissions Group Inc., 1247 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 303, Glenview, IL 60025, USA.

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