BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — Hearings will be held at the State House Tuesday on a bill that would demand locked out National Grid workers get health care from the parent company.
Not only would the bill, introduced by West Boylston Rep. James O’Day, mandate National Grid offer health benefits to the 1,200 workers who have been locked out since June, it would mandate no rate increase during a lockout, not allow any public funds be used or maintenance, and not allow any public money be spent on gas distribution systems.
“If the national company thinks they can just come here and sort of walk away from the bargaining table, if their agreements or their terms aren’t met, that they can just lock these people out, I don’t think that’s how we intend to do business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” O’Day said.
The Department of Public Utilities has already ordered National Grid to cease all work except emergency and compliance work after a pressure incident in Woburn during the lockout.
WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports