Braintree: Eversource Utility Workers Vote to Strike

Utility workers for Eversource Energy are going on strike.

Members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 have voted overwhelmingly to authorize their leadership to call a strike as negotiations with Eversource have stalled.

Union President Dan Hurley said the two sides are “very far apart” over issues relating to staffing and the elimination of a five-year no layoff clause.

“We are extremely concerned about the serious ramifications that could result for consumers throughout Massachusetts and New England if Eversource is able to eliminate the layoff clause,” Hurley said in a press release issued Monday. “This is a critical issue.”

Hurley said the layoff clause ensures adequate training and staffing is available for preventive maintenance work and storm response, and that the safety of the union’s members and the communities they serve is top priority.

“By nearly a unanimous vote,” said Hurley, “our members are making it clear that they will stand up to Eversource and demand a fair and reasonable contract.”

Eversource is the new name of NStar and Northeast Utilities, and is New England’s largest utility. About 1900 of UWUA Local 369′s 3000 members work for Eversource, and the contract expires at midnight on June 1, 2015.

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About Erin Dale

Erin Dale is an Anchor/Reporter for WATD. She is also a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award-winning print journalist and previously worked for GateHouse Media.