Hundreds Of Locked Out National Grid Workers Attend Hearing At State House

National Grid Bill Hearing

(Karyn Regal/WBZ NewsRadio1030)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — A hearing was held at the State House Tuesday as the Joint Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy met to discuss a bill that would not allow National Grid to cut off locked out workers’ health insurance.

The hearing, held in room A-1 of the State House and attended by hundreds of locked out workers, became emotional.

“If they had consciences, they would be ashamed,” locked out National Grid steelworker Chris said.

Chris told the room about his wife, already a breast cancer survivor, being diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer and not having insurance. The insurance was cut off in June when workers were locked out by National Grid.

“I’m just so disgusted. This was not bargaining in good faith by the company, this was economic and medical terrorism, and it was done completely intentionally,” Chris said.

In a statement, National Grid said the proposed bill appears to target a specific company and likely has legal issues.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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