Dozens of employees at Boston Power Plants are on strike, referring to bad safety and working conditions
On Saturday morning, dozens of employees at the Boston Power Station, operated by Exelon Power, did not go to work. The Utility Workers Union of America Local 369, on behalf of the strikers, put forward demands to improve working conditions and modernize equipment, since it is dangerous to work on the existing one.
According to the strikers, Exelon has repeatedly neglected public safety by not performing the necessary maintenance of working equipment, and also does not update old-fashioned ones.
Many highly qualified employees are ready to leave the enterprise, because they do not intend to jeopardize the public and their own lives.
“Running this vital plant is dangerous work which requires technical know-how. You need someone sitting at the control panel who knows what they’re doing,” Local 369 President Craig Pinkham said in a statement, according to CBSN Boston. “We’re dealing with high-pressure gas, high-pressure steam, ammonia-fueled gas — many highly poisonous materials that require a high degree of expertise and experience.”
“I will never compromise my commitment to labor. You carry this country’s economy. I’m with you — today and everyday,” tweeted by Joseph Patrick Kennedy III.
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According to the union, the power plant is currently operated by unskilled workers. This statement has been refuted by Excelon.
“Experienced and state-licensed personnel with extensive plant knowledge from across the region are safely operating and maintaining the facility during the work stoppage,” the company said in a statement.
To date, agreement between the union and the leadership of the power plant has not been reached. Exelon Power is looking for ways to return strikers to jobs, saving as much as possible on meeting their requirements.