FirstEnergy Bosses Say ‘Thanks for Nothing’
Penelec Locks Out Utility Workers for Thanksgiving!
Only days before thanksgiving, Penelec locked out 150 members of Utility Workers Union of America as part of a scheme by parent company FirstEnergy to cut customer service standards and impose huge concessions on working families.
The locked out workers are linemen and power station workers operating from worksites in Altoona, Lewistown, and Shippensburg, Pa. FirstEnergy locked out these employees – skilled utility workers who sacrifice every day to ensure reliable electric lower for Consumers across central Pennsylvania – in a vicious attempt to impose painful cuts in pension and retiree health insurance.
For consumers, schedule changes demanded by Penelec for first responder crews also risk reliable customer service by causing longer delays during emergency power restorations.
Despite good faith effort by union negotiators since May 2013 to reach a new agreement, the millionaires who run FirstEnergy are now trying to force hourly workers into submission by inflicting pain on their families during the holiday season. FirstEnergy refused to provide bargaining information essential for the union to negotiate over proposed new company benefit plans, and then threatened to lock out Penelec employees if they didn’t blindly accept the management cutback demands.
The UWUA believes top Akron bosses ordered Penelec to punish local workers as part of a corporate plan to impose similar concessions on nearly 1,000 additional utility workers in negotiations at FirstEnergy’s West Penn Power and Potomac Edison utilities across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
With the holidays approaching and the onset of winter weather, FirstEnergy has placed reliable electric power at risk by replacing skilled utility workers with supervisors and outside contractors. We urge the public to complain about this irresponsible lockout by contacting FirstEnergy CEO Tony Alexander at 330.384.5793 (phone), 330.384.5669, or by email at email@example.com.
Please tell Tony Alexander to end the Penelec lockout now and to negotiate a fair contract for utility workers with no cuts in customer service standards!
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