Antigonish locked out electrical workers reach a deal

Locked-out electrical workers in the town of Antigonish are back on the job Thursday after their union says they reached a new deal.

IBEW Local 1928 says the six workers will be back on the job Thursday

The IBEW Local 1928 website says they would like to thank everyone for their support of the locked-out workers in Antigonish. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Locked-out electrical workers in the town of Antigonish are back on the job Thursday after reaching a new deal.

According to the IBEW Local 1928 website, the six reached a deal with the town Wednesday night. The union says the deal was reached with the help of a provincial Department of Labour conciliator.

The Town of Antigonish locked out the linesmen, meter reader and industrial electricians over a contract dispute.

Mayor Carl Chisholm said in a news release last week, the main issue was a union demand that 100 per cent of unused sick leave accrued by an employee be paid out on retirement. Chisholm said the town was only willing to pay 30 per cent of unused sick leave.

The town said the union gave strike notice early last week. The two sides had been trying to reach a new collective agreement.