National Grid is committed to trying to reach a fair contract with the United Steelworkers that balances the needs of our employees with the need to assure sustainable rates for our customers. During this period, we remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and to continuing contract discussions with hopes of reaching agreement on contract terms.
Statement following 10/19 negotiations: We are pleased to now have had two consecutive weeks of negotiations that included constructive conversations about safety, which is our number one priority. We provided specific proposals to the unions on safety issues and more union jobs. In addition, the company has proposed to increase existing employees’ pension benefits immediately upon reaching agreements with the unions. It is extremely unfortunate at this critical juncture, after these recent productive conversations and a work stoppage entering its 18th week, that the unions have informed us that they are not available to meet with us next week. We will be available every day should their schedules change. Regardless, we will come to the table at our next scheduled session on Oct. 29 with a continued focus on reaching agreements with both unions.