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National Grid locks out workers in contract dispute

MassLive.com reports on today's lockout.

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That they're going to work in the Russian and Swedish utilities leagues this season? Is Gary Bettman involved?

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Itt means their families will miss a paycheck this week. Pretty funny stuff.

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NG.’s reputation for being one of the best dividend payers in the market is supported by the fact that it has been steadily growing its dividend payments over the past ten years and currently is one of the top yielding companies on the markets, at 5.57%.

if they can pay the stockholders, they can pay their workers.

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. if they can pay the stockholders, they can pay their workers.

Uh, no.

Are they compensating their workers fairly, with a good wage and good benefits? I honestly don't know, but if they are, then that's good, and the profits should be distributed to the stockholders. In fact, it's the company's responsibility to it's stockholders to not throw money away just because they made a few bucks.

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United Steel Workers Locals 12003 and 12012 said the strike authorization was in response to concerns over safety risks, the use of more contractors, cuts in wages and benefits, and changes in overtime hours. The unions argue that contractors are less experienced and more prone to accidents, such as a gas leak that occurred in Providence last year.

The unions rejected the company’s latest proposed benefit package for new hires, including pension cuts and changes to health care, as well as outsourcing to private contractors.

This is the problem with for-profit utilities. They cut safety and service and expect the employees lose benefits and pay while they are earning a profit. This company is making a profit by charging us more for less service.

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Couple that with the fact that National Grid has increased their gas supply charge on residential bills by close to 90% over last winter and the state did done nothing to combat it makes it feel the priorities are profits and not customers or employees.

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then sit this one out

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There employees are overpaid by a long shot and the contractors presantly doing there jobs are more than qualified to do so

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Unless you work there. I doubt it. How are contractors and managers qualified to replace a 40 year employee? If they were qualified then there shouldn't be a slow down in response time.

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How much do you think these workers get paid, and what do you think would be a fair wage?

Also, this video might help you out:

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How do you figure that the contractors are better trained? Do they go to training several times a year like the employees do? Are they all licensed? Is their experience superior? Overpaid, I think not!

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I have multiple family members & friends in NG (both gas & electric), and every time the contracts are up for negotiation the company tries to take a little bit more and a little bit more out of the workers' total compensation to increase their bottom line. NG will portray these workers as greedy and unreasonable when all they are fighting for is to keep what they have. These are hard working people (save a few bad apples like any company), providing a very necessary service that we all tend to take for granted of until something goes wrong. Talking about both gas & electric now; these are the people are up on a pole in winter storms trying to restore your power, working in manholes during the dog days of August, and out there during EVERY storm to make sure that you get the utilities you need.

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