Labor negotiations stall between Dominion, workers
Dominion Transmission/Hope issued a lockout notice Wednesday to workers.
The United Gas Workers Union offered a statement in a press release.
Labor negotiations between the company and workers have stalled in recent weeks.
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UNITED GAS WORKERS UNION LOCAL 69 PRESS RELEASE
“Dominion implements illegal lockout on UGWU Local 69 membership”
At 12:01am midnight September 7, 2016 Dominion Transmission/Hope gas
notified the Union it was implementing a lock-out of 950 UGWU Local 69
members. The Local is represented in 6 states VA, MD, PA, NY, OH AND WV
with over half of the members employed in West Virginia. The Union
considers this lockout a clear violation of the National Labor Law Act and
have responded with several labor charges being filed. Picketing is
scheduled throughout the 6 state area. The Union presented the Company with
an offer to not strike while negotiations were ongoing in return not to be
locked out but the Company never responded and ultimately locked the
membership out. The Union made such an offer to avoid a work stoppage of
any kind and to provide the best possible protection for the general
public. The parties are scheduled to hold a session of bargaining on
Thursday September 8th with the Federal Mediator. “All Union members are
willing to return to work but are being refused entry into the facility’s,
this is not a strike”. Craig Bradford President UGWU Local 69