(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) -- St. Joseph's unionized water protection employees now have an official three-year contract.
The deal was voted in tonight by members of the Local 579. Full details of the agreement were not available, but it does include a no-strike clause, which is required under state law.
The pact comes after more than a year of negotiations after employees voted to join a union in December of 2017.
"We're setting a baseline," said Jeff Phillips, a spokesman for the Western Missouri & Kansas Laborers' District Council, who represented the Local 579. "Anytime you are starting a new relationship and setting some ground rules and laying a foundation there's going to be some challenges. We've got that foundation set and move forward and hopefully have a successful relationship in the city for a long time."
The Local 579 represents around 30 employees of the water protection department.
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