Steelworkers call counter-proposal fair, reasonable
Union leaders: It’s in Grid’s best interest to end lockout
THE UNION LOCALS representing 1,250 locked-out steelworkers made a counter-proposal to National Grid on Wednesday but declined to provide any details about the terms of their offer. The two sides are not expected to meet again until late next week.
John Buonopane and Joe Kirylo, the presidents of the two union locals, issued a statement saying their counter-proposal “meets the needs of our workers, tackles the serious safety problems within the company, and addresses the priorities expressed by National Grid. We hope that National Grid exhibits good faith and gives this fair and reasonable proposal serious consideration over the next several days.”
The two union officials called the utility’s lockout a “reckless decision” that has negatively impacted their members, residents, developers, and cities and towns. “It’s in National Grid’s best interest and the best interest of public safety that the company carefully review this proposal and make a serious effort to finally end the lockout,” the statement said.
National Grid issued a statement saying the company was still reviewing the counter-proposal, the union’s first in five months. The company said it requested another meeting for Saturday but union officials said they would not be available until next Thursday.