UWUA Members Locked Out Days Before Thanksgiving
At 7 a.m. this morning – three days before Thanksgiving – FirstEnergy locked out nearly 150 UWUA Local 180 members at its Penelec utility in central Pennsylvania. The company imposed this lockout in order to extract massive concessions in retirement benefits, retiree healthcare, working conditions, and customer service standards.
FirstEnergy is demanding similar concessions from members of System Local 102 in negotiations across Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia, as well as Local 304 members who are still struggling for their first union contract in West Virginia despite having voted for UWUA representation more than three years ago.
“We condemn FirstEnergy’s lockout and bad faith bargaining in the strongest possible terms,” stated UWUA National President D. Michael Langford. “We urge all UWUA members to send sharp messages to top executives at FirstEnergy demanding an immediate end to this unacceptable lockout.”
UWUA members should immediately contact FirstEnergy CEO Tony Alexander and VP for Human Relations Lynn Cavalier by email, phone, and fax.
Please demand that Alexander and Cavalier immediately end the lockout of UWUA members at Penelec in Pennsylvania, and that the company immediately return to the bargaining table to negotiate fair labor agreements at all locations.
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