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South Slope workers back on the job, still no deal

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NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL) -

More than 50 workers at a North Liberty utility company have rejected the company's latest contract offer, but say they'll work without a contract at least for now.

Sunday afternoon, 55 workers with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) rejected South Slope Cooperative's latest offer.

Their contract expired Thursday night affecting workers in the company's IT department, outside plant and clerical department.

Union members say they were locked out Friday but plan to be on the job Monday.

"It's not unusual for bargaining units to not reach an agreement, at the expiration of the contract," said CWA representative Kay Pence. "Usually we offer to expend the contract or work without a contract, and for unexplained reason that was not allowed here."

The union says it can't go along with a change to the company's pay structure and has filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board that the company is bargaining in bad faith.

South Slope's CEO, Justyn Miller released this statement on the company's website.

"We are pleased that our employees represented by the union will be joining us at work on Monday. Although South Slope's proposal was not approved, we will implement our Final Offer and continue to negotiate in good faith with our union representatives. Contrary to previous reports, South Slope never proposed to lower the hourly wages for current employees in their current positions. We believe the proposed changes to the contract address our competitive industry and regulated telecommunications environment. Our cooperative members are our primary focus and we will continue to provide excellent service."

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