Union Objects to Layoff Terms for Laid-Off Lakeland Electric Workers

Tensions are flaring between the city of Lakeland and the union representing around 26 Lakeland Electric workers who are being laid off today in connection with the closing of the city’s coal-fired electric plant. Bob Mahoney of Utility Workers Union of America told The Ledger he has several objections to an agreement workers are being asked to sign in order to receive eight weeks’ severance pay, including a provision he fears would end ongoing claims for job-related injuries. City Manager Shawn Sherrouse said the city is working with the union “toward a resolution.”