The Dominion Transmission Corporation has finally reached an agreement with Local Union 69, after its gas employees were locked out of their jobs for more then a week.
It’s been a stressful time for members of Local Union 69. Contract negotiations regarding the elimination of retiree medical insurance and the elimination pension plans for newly hired members, resulted in a lockout between Dominion and its gas employees. However, after a week of being locked out, Dominion and Union 69 reached an agreement to allow gas employees to resume work.
“This agreement will ensure our customers will not face the prospect of an unexpected walkout this winter until a new labor contract is reached,” said Dominion’s Media Relations Representative, Frank Mack. “The union agreed to not strike at Dominion Transmission and Dominion Hope at least through April 1st.”
During the lockout, Dominion began to search for temporary employees to handle their pressurized natural gas and ensure the company would meet consumer demands. Vice President of Local Union 69, Jason Boyce, told us that aside from getting his union’s jobs back, he is happy to ensure the safety of the plant and nearby area.
“We are glad that we are able to get back,” said Boyce. “Through the training, we know how to operate our facilities in a safe manner and an efficient manner and we think that that is in the best interest of every body that we were able to come back to work.”
Boyce also indicated that new and future negotiations are on the horizon.
“In return, we both agreed to bargain fairly at the table,” said Boyce. “And we actually have dates set up for October 3rd, 4th, and 5th tentatively, to be able to hopefully put all of this behind us and reach a fair and equitable contract for both parties.”
As part of their agreement, members of Union 69 will receive full back pay for any lost wages throughout the course of the lockout. Gas employees are free to return to their jobs beginning this Saturday at 6:00 a.m.