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Vectren locks out union members

Vectren says service to its natural gas customers will continue as normal, despite the lockout of nearly 300 employees.

Company spokesperson Chase Kelley says the move was necessary after union members rejected a new three-year contract.

She says without an employment agreement in place, union members could walk off the job at any time.

Kelley says to guarantee business as usual, Vectren felt it was necessary to put a contingency team in place.

The company serves 570,000 customers in 49 Indiana counties, including Tippecanoe.

Kelley says there is no timeline for further contract negotiations.

She would not speculate as to why union members rejected the latest proposal, but says Vectren felt the deal provided job security and competitive wages and benefits.