NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority Announces Three-Year Contract Agreement with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Contract Extension Signals IBEW Support for New York’s Energy Future
Canal Corporation Board Ratifies Contract with Public Employees Federation


For Immediate Release: 08/07/18

Contact: Maura Balaban | maura.balaban@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8171

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority today announced it has ratified a new three-year contract agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), a labor union representing nearly 750,000 electricians, lineman and other skilled trades in the electrical industry. The union represents more than 550 employees of the NYPA, New York State’s-the public power entity which provides nearly a quarter of New York’s electricity. The new contract was voted on by the IBEW membership last month and was approved by the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees at its August 7 meeting. In addition, the New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors, at the same meeting, ratified a 10-year contract with the Public Employees Federation. NYPA runs the Canal Corporation as a subsidiary.
 
The IBEW contract extension includes 2 percent wage increases for IBEW employees every year from 2019 to 2022. Major provisions also include changes to the medical plan which better align with industry standards and maintain cost sharing formulas achieved in the last contract. The contract also includes a new provision to digitize negotiated documents for easier access.
 
“We are thrilled to have arrived at this fair contract extension with the IBEW and to ensure the continuation of good wages and medical benefits for a key segment of NYPA’s workforce. As NYPA works to become the first fully digital utility in the country, we need NYPA’s talented craft labor force to lead the way” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This contract extension will allow us to move forward together in NYPA’s new direction, bringing value to our customers and the State.”
 
“New York has embarked on the monumental task of modernizing its energy infrastructure and today’s vote demonstrates the commitment of the Power Authority’s unionized workforce to realizing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy for transforming the state’s power grid,” said William Brown, Jr., business manager, IBEW Local 2032. “We are proud of the quality of the work we do and we are excited to partner with the Power Authority on its journey to become the first fully-digital utility in the country.”
 
The contract extension covers NYPA employees who work at NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project in Massena, its Niagara Power Project in Lewiston, its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in Schoharie County, and its small hydropower facilities in five upstate counties. It will be incorporated into the existing 2011-2019 collective bargaining agreement, set to expire on March 31, 2019, and will be effective April 1, 2019.
 
Canal Corporation and Public Employees Federation Sign 10-Year Contract
 
Also on Tuesday, the New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors ratified a 10-year contract with the Public Employees Federation. The accord means the Canal Corporation now has long-term contracts with its entire unionized workforce, following a ratification in March of a long-term contract with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).

 

“As we continue to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal and 100 years of the Barge Canal in 2018, our employees are steadfast in their dedication to keeping it safe and secure,” said Brian U. Stratton, Canal Corporation director. “This contract reflects the high value we place on their hard work.”


The contract is retroactive to 2012. It provides 2 percent annual wage increases from 2015 to 2021 and a $1,000 lump-sum payment to current employees who were on the payroll as of Jan. 1, 2017. It also includes increases in employee premiums for health insurance and retiree health care while providing wage adjustments for some seasonal job titles.


Last month, the PEF membership approved the contract, which runs through June 30, 2022, the same term as the CSEA pact.

 

About NYPA:
NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.

 

About the New York State Canal System:
New York’s canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities. In 2018, New York is celebrating the centennial of the New York State Canal System. Like Canals on Facebook at NYS Canal Corporation. Follow Canals on Twitter at @NYSCanalCorp.

Reforming the Energy Vision:
Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven growth of more than 1,000 percent in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.