Atlantic City Electric continues to deliver safe and uninterrupted service to our customers during labor negotiations with IBEW Local 210. Negotiations are ongoing and we are focused on working with union leadership to reach a mutually acceptable agreement as soon as possible.
All Atlantic City Electric employees have the option of using a floating holiday to observe Veterans Day. The claim from Union leadership that Atlantic City Electric took away Veterans Day as a holiday is false. Our proposal includes a combination of 13 fixed and floating holidays. The expired contract includes a combination of only 12 fixed and floating holidays. The offer on the table increases the overall amount of paid time off and brings our represented employee holiday schedule in line with the rest of the company. IBEW Local 210 employees can use a floating holiday for any day they want to observe, including Veterans Day. We unequivocally support our military veterans on Veterans Day, and every day. Earlier this year, we expanded our Military Leave Policy to include pay differential, expanded active-duty health care coverage, adjusting our insurance policies, and offering an additional 10 days of backup child or elder care due to involuntary deployment. Our offer to the Union also includes access to our enhanced Military Leave Policy which exceeds what is currently offered in the collective bargaining agreement.
Unfortunately, IBEW Local 210’s decision to strike has serious implications for union members. Union representatives were notified prior to the strike that walking off the job would mean the loss of healthcare benefits. We feel for our impacted represented employees and their families navigating difficult scenarios. When employees return to work—which we hope will happen soon—they will be eligible for health benefits. In the interim, employees have the option to elect coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and if they do so, coverage will be reinstated retroactively to November 6.
We look forward to welcoming our represented workforce back. They have always been, and continue to be, important to our organization and to the communities we serve. More information, specific to our efforts during the strike, is available at atlanticcityelectric.com/LaborUpdate.