Penelec, union talking

Representatives of Penelec and Utility Workers Union of America Local 180 returned to the bargaining table Friday but failed to reach an agreement.

The session with the federal mediator in Pittsburgh was the sixth since FirstEnergy, Penelec’s parent company, locked out about 140 line, substation, clerk and meter services employees in the Altoona, Lewistown and Shippensburg areas on Nov. 25 after the union rejected the company’s final contract offer.

The two sides discussed several items and have agreed to meet again at a future date based on the availability of the federal mediator, said spokesman Scott Surgeoner of FirstEnergy Corp.

FirstEnergy has been using management staff, employees from other FirstEnergy companies and contractors to provide service to customers.

Utility Workers Union President Bob Whalen could not be reached to comment on the talks.