UTILITY WORKERS VOTE TO AUTHORIZE STRIKE
Workers at Fore River, Mystic plants say owners failing to meet basic safety and staffing standards
BRAINTREE – Members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 have voted overwhelmingly to authorize their leadership to call a strike as negotiations with plant ownership have stalled over manpower, healthcare, and plant safety.
"In a nearly unanimous vote, our members have chosen to stand up to Exelon and Calpine's cost cutting measures, which threaten surrounding communities and workers," said UWUA Business Agent Craig Connolly. "We ask now for the support of customers, fellow workers, and public officials as we stand against these companies."
Negotiations with Exelon, which owns the Mystic 7, 8, and 9 plants, have broken down over its insistence on trimming the plants' employee levels down even further from the skeleton crew at which they are currently staffed. Amidst record profits for Exelon- which made a $2 billion profit last year- the company has called on staff to work more overtime and 12-hour shifts. Workers are also concerned with the lack of maintenance which has not been addressed by plant management.
Similar problems plague the Fore River plant, which is owned by Calpine, a Houston-based energy company that purchased the plant from Exelon in November 2014 for $530 million. "It appears that Calpine is just another company here to suck the profit out of the plants and move on," said Daniel Leary, UWUA Executive Vice-President.
UWUA 369 has 3000 members. The Mystic plants in the contract employ 73 UWUA members and Fore River has 26 union members on staff.
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Local 369 Information
UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO
Regular Membership Meeting
DATE: APR 12, 2015
TIME: 10:00 A. M.
Local 369 Union Hall
120 Bay State Drive
- REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS
- DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED BY-LAWS
- NOMINATIONS FOR TRUSTEE - DISTRICT 1
- 2015 LOCAL 369 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
- SWEARING IN OF NEW MEMBERS
DANIEL F. HURLEY, President
CRAIG A. PINKHAM, Secretary-Treasurer
Coffee & Donuts: 9:45 A.M.