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After five months of negotiations and threatened strikes, Kentucky American Water and utility workers strike a deal

Karyn Czar

Kentucky American Water and the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers Union have reached a 4-year contract agreement.

Kentucky American, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, has finally inked an agreement with a 68-member union of utility workers following five months of talks.

Union members with the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers had kept the pressure on, arguing that the water company engaged in “unfair labor practices" — charges the water company has disputed.

The announcement of a contract agreement came Thursday, with the water company describing the deal as “fair for employees, the company, and the customers we serve.”

Kentucky American said, at no time during the process, was the quality or reliability of their service at risk.

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