DEARBORN, Mich., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Local 223 Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) today announced it has reached a tentative agreement with DTE Energy. Local 223 UWUA will next move to set up ratification meetings with its membership to vote on the tentative agreement. "We are pleased to announce a new tentative agreement for a four-year contract. Both parties realized the importance of working together to address the needs of its membership and of those of the company," said Mike Smith, Local 223 UWUA President. About the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 223, AFL-CIOThe Utility Workers Union of America continues to be in the forefront of the fight for a secure energy future that protects consumers, respects workers' rights and creates good paying domestic jobs. UWUA Local 223 members are safe, productive, and skilled workers. UWUA Local 223 represents 3,600 members at DTE Energy representing workers from Detroit Edison and MichCon who generate, deliver and restore power and supply gas. Local 223 is the largest union at DTE and the second largest UWUA local in the nation. Local 223 members serve as first responders in times of crisis and keep customers safe. Local 223 members are employed around the state of Michigan and are part of 11 different units representing employees at Warren Service Center Shops; Power Generation; Office, Professional & Technical (OPT); Gas; Meter; Stores; Electrical System – Substations; Underground Lines; Nuclear Operations – Fermi 2; Motor Transportation, and Facilities Management & Services. They are employed as skilled trades, power plant operators, electric and gas field service workers, meter readers, electric and gas distribution workers, customer service representatives and clerical workers, electrical line workers, technical workers and business and office workers. The mission of UWUA Local 223 is to provide its members with a voice in the workplace and in the larger community. UWUA's goals are to protect and improve the wages, benefits and standard of living of its members and their families, to insure a safe and healthy workplace, to affirm the dignity and value of our members and the work they perform, and to create a more just and secure workplace and society.