Penelec Workers Locked Out by Union-Busting FirstEnergy
FirstEnergy has already tried to bust the Utility Workers Local 304 at the Harrison Power Station. Despite a ruling by the NLRB that FirstEnergy was engaged in unfair labor practices, workers there are continuing to work without a contract.
Now comes news from PA that FirstEnergy is refusing to negotiate with another UWA local and has locked out 140 linemen, meter readers, substation electricians and clerks at Penelec, another FirstEnergy subsidiary.
MonPower’s linemen and meter readers in WV are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. FirstEnergy is moving ahead with closing at least one Mon Power service center in WV. How long will it be before FirstEnergy goes after these union workers’ livelihood?
Thanks to the efforts of our friends in the Eastern Panhandle, we know FirstEnergy has a long term plan to reduce customer services and meter reading for Mon Power and Potomac Edison. FirstEnergy started cutting jobs in PA back in 2011, shortly after the merger with Allegheny Energy was approved. FirstEnergy clearly played the WV PSC for chumps when they told the Commission back in 2010 that the merger would be good for everyone.