With the clock winding down on upcoming contract negotiations with National Grid, the members of Boston Gas USW Local 12003 have authorized their union leadership to call for a strike, if needed.
One of the major issues under discussion is that National Grid has been replacing union workers with contractors, leading to serious safety concerns.
“Massachusetts relies on our workers to repair dangerous gas leaks and protect and maintain key infrastructure, yet National Grid wants to outsource this work to contractors who often lack the experience and expertise to adequately do it,” Joe Kirylo, president of USW Local 12003, said in a recent statement.
350 Mass recognizes the dangers posed by gas infrastructure and the importance of ensuring that gas leaks are fixed in a timely fashion by skilled and well-compensated union workers. We stand with and support USW Boston Gas Local 12003 in their struggle for a fair contract with National Grid. Please stay tuned for more information on how you can offer your support!