Local 175 and the National Union are fighting to keep two power plants open in southern Ohio. Owned by Dayton Power & Light, the Stuart Station and Killen Station plants provide 3000MW of coal fired generation and employ 353 UWUA members. Both facilities meet all environmental emission standards and have no compliance issues. Management says low natural gas prices are driving their decision.
When DP&L announced plans to close the plants, Local 175 President Greg Adams and his Executive Board immediately took action to inform the membership and mobilize to fight the threatened closings. As an intervener in a DP&L rate case, the local has so far won a small, but significant victory, successfully arguing against the company’s plans to include plant closure language in its settlement with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
The local and the National continue to work closely with the Ohio AFL-CIO to gain support for the continued operation of the plants.
“We know there are parties interested in purchasing the two plants, and we are not going to give up the fight to keep them open,” Adams states. “The company should put these plants on the market and not just close the doors and walk away. These power plants are the largest employer in Adams County. The local schools, towns and businesses rely on these plants for survival.”