National Grid Bargaining Update

Today, I met with National Grid's Chief Negotiator to discuss pending issues. After some conversation, we mutually agreed that we will have Blue Cross Blue Shield for the term of this contract. Improvements to the contract include having hearing aid coverage and vision care. The main sticking point of our agreement has now been removed. We consider this a major improvement from the Last, Best & Final Offer that was previously presented to us. There are no concessions in this contract. The Main Negotiation Committee and I fully endorse this contract.

We will be hosting informational meetings next week to discuss our tentative agreement. The information has been mailed to your house this morning, so keep an eye out. At these informational meetings, you will be provided with a copy of the summary of matters and have an opportunity to ask questions about this tentative agreement. As per CDC guidelines, we will maintain social distancing and you will be required to have your temperature checked at the entrance and wear a mask at these meetings.

Please don't listen to rumors. You will be given all the facts at these important informational meetings. As a Union member, it is your duty to yourself and your family, as well as your brothers and sisters you work with, to attend these important sessions. In order to cast your ballot as an informed voter, you will need the information first.

Please continue to perform your work duties as professionals, keeping the best values of IBEW Local Union 1049 in your hearts. Work safe and productive and make every effort to make your scheduled informational meetings which you will be assigned to in mailings to your house this week.
I look forward to seeing every one of you.