- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The union representing some workers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is reluctantly recommending they approve a new contract.

The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council says the proposed contract is the result of 2 1/2 years of negotiations.

The Tri-City Herald reports the union told its members there is no negotiating position left other than conducting a strike, which could prove unsuccessful.

Battelle, which operates the lab in Richland for the Department of Energy, says the five-year contract proposal ensures the long-term viability of its benefits program.

The agreement would give workers at the lab a $2,600 one-time payment when the contract is ratified. It would be followed with a 2 percent wage increase each November through 2019.

Workers will vote on the proposed contract Aug. 28.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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