PITTSBURGH (AP) – Utility workers in the Pittsburgh area have approved a new contract.

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 537 says in a Saturday release that the vote ends a two-month strike by about 150 union workers at four sites in the Pittsburgh area.

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The union had been protesting the labor practices of Pennsylvania-American Water and its New Jersey-based parent company, American Water. Local 537 says workers went without wage increases for four years in order to win a contract. The new contract provides significant “catch-up” wage increases.

There was no shortage of controversy during the strike. At one point, more than a dozen fire hydrants were opened in Peters Township and Bethel Park in a three week period.

No one knew for sure who did the tampering, but the Pennsylvania American Water Company pointed its finger at workers who claimed the company locked them out.

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The strike also caused difficulties when several water lines broke and needed to be repaired.

Pennsylvania-American Water and Local 537 say they’re both pleased the contract is resolved, and they look forward to working together.

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