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Potomac Edison workers picket for new contract

FREDERICK — Union utility workers are picketing in Frederick to draw attention to their contract dispute with FirstEnergy Corp.

The Frederick News-Post reports that Local 102 members of the Utility Workers Union of America have been picketing outside the Frederick office of the company’s Potomac Edison subsidiary once a week for the past two months.

Their contract covering about 770 workers in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia expired April 30.

The Akron, Ohio-based company says it’s trying to equalize benefits for all FirstEnergy workers under 21 different contracts. The company says its latest offer includes an 8 percent wage increase over three years.

The union says the company’s offer would take away millions of dollars from workers and unfairly allow FirstEnergy to unilaterally amend or terminate benefits.