National Grid Utility Workers, Demands
A group of utility workers in New England say they will strike next month if National Grid doesn't agree to their contract demands. The employees are from local chapters of the Utility Workers Union of America in Monson, Worcester, and Braintree, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. Paul Morrison, the president of Local 322 in Monson represents 47 employees. He says the union is negotiating health care plans and retirement options, in addition to staffing. In the first audio clip, Morrison says the current number of utility workers doing maintenance and repairs for National Grid isn't enough.
David Graves is a National Grid Spokesman in Westboro, Massachusetts. He says, in the 2nd part of the audio, the union agreed on the current number of workers. He says that National Grid is prepared to continue its service if the strike happens.