Pepco and the union representing its workers met Friday for the first time since its final contract offer was rejected by the employees.
The utility and the union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1900, said they are resuming negotiations, which will be led by a federal mediator. At a meeting Friday in Pepco’s headquarters in the District, both sides also declared a media blackout to “see if that will help us reach an agreement,” said union president James A. Griffin.
Pepco spokeswoman Myra Oppel confirmed the blackout, and declined to comment further.
The union raised objections to several provisions in the company’s previous offer, which was rejected 5 to 1 at a union vote Wednesday. Griffin said his greatest concern was that Pepco wanted to eliminate the union’s ability to arbitrate changes to its health and welfare plans in favor of a different appeal process.