Baker in no rush on Grid bill
Looking for compromise to end lockout
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER indicated on Monday that he doesn’t plan to immediately sign a bill extending the unemployment benefits of locked-out workers.
As expected, the Legislature completed a few procedural matters on the bill on Monday and sent it to the governor’s desk. Baker has indicated he would sign the bill into law to prevent hardship on 1,250 locked-out employees of National Grid, who are about to see their unemployment benefits run out next month. But his spokesman, Brendan Moss, indicated the governor may wait to see how negotiations between Grid and its workers progress this week.“The Baker-Polito Administration is grateful for the Legislature acting quickly and will now carefully review the legislation while looking forward to both sides reaching a compromise to end the lockout this week,” Moss said in a statement.
In a joint statement on Friday, Grid and the two steelworker locals indicated they were making progress and hoped to come to an agreement by Friday. The leaders of the locals issued their own statement urging the governor to sign the bill on Monday.