Two weeks ago, we sent out ballots for the ratification of the National Grid contract. I want to thank each one of you who came to an informational meeting and took the time to send back the ballot with your vote. Your vote is your voice, and as union members, it is important to use your voice. This vote resulted in one of the highest ballot return rates this local has ever seen, at nearly 70%. The ballots are in and they have been counted.
The Local 1049 Negotiation Committee unanimously and strongly recommended this agreement because there are no concessions. I want to thank each member of my staff and the negotiation committee for the countless hours of hard work they put into this contract negotiation.
You, the membership, voted to ratify this contract with a 93% acceptance rate. I want to thank the Judge, Anthony Scotto, and the Tellers, Cory Tufano, Chris Bryant, Glenn MacNamara and Ken Hamilton for taking the time to count each ballot that came in.