IBEW Local 459, PA

NRG – Homer City Generating Station – Update #1

Friday, August 25, 2017

Homer City Generating Station Bargaining Union Members,

As you are aware, the Homer City plant is currently experiencing its second bankruptcy filing. I understand the anxiety of the unknown and ask everyone to please stay focused, whether performing your job assignments at the plant or when you are away from work and with your families. Take the time to think twice and make sure you are being safe and take a step back if you need to refocus.

Below I have listed a timeline of information thus far, as of August 24, 2017.  I am committed to keeping affected members informed as new information develops.  Please check the Local website for updates.

On August 4, 2017, NRG Homer City management requested to meet with Union leadership on August 15, 2017 for: “…discussions relating to a potential workforce reduction and other changes at the Homer City site.  Due to intense business pressure facing the plant…”.

August 15, 2017.  Union Leadership, including myself, Business Manager Paul Cameron, Senior Business Rep Ron Itell and Business Rep Aric Baker attended this initial meeting to hear the company’s concerns.  During this meeting management reviewed a number of what they referred to as “Concept Proposals”, many of which were changes in working conditions.  The company was not prepared to discuss a ‘Voluntary Separation Program’ but indicated their interest to propose an offer. The meeting ended with the understanding that management would prepare a Voluntary Separation Program and would have other information requested by the union ready for the next meeting.

August 24, 2017.  A follow up meeting was held. Union leadership attending included Paul Cameron, Ron Itell, Aric Baker, Dave Johnson and Cliff Frampton.  During this meeting, discussion surrounded a management proposed voluntary separation program, staffing levels, contractors, bargaining unit working conditions and workplace flexibility.  We have nothing concrete to bring back to the membership for consideration.  To date, nothing has been agreed to and the meeting ended with the union making clear to management what our concerns are and challenged management to consider these concerns when we meet again.  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 14, 2017. In Solidarity,
Paul Cameron, Business Manager.

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