Alger Delta Cooperative employees on strike

ESCANABA – Employees of the Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association are on a labor strike that began this morning, according to officials.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 876, which represents the linemen and clerical employees of the cooperative, announced the strike, which began at 7:30 a.m. today. Employees have been working without a contract for two-and-a-half years, according to Ted Iorio, attorney for the IBEW Local 876.

Iorio said negotiations broke down, leaving a labor strike the only remedy for its workers.

“Workers are concerned because of the disruption it can cause the cooperative members, but they were left with no alternative,” he said in a phone call to the Daily Press this morning.

According to its website, the Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association provides electrical services to approximately 10,000 members in five U.P. counties – Alger, Delta, Menominee, Schoolcraft, and Marquette.