Thousands of Utility Workers throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island Preparing for “Blizzard of Historic Proportions”


Utility Workers Union of America members ready to enact emergency response plans and respond to any weather related outages

Braintree (January 26, 2015) – The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) announced today that thousands of its workers are preparing for a blizzard of epic proportions that is hitting the region on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

About 4,000 UWUA workers have spent the last several days preparing for the storm and have offered additional assistance to Northeast Utilities and National Grid.

“This is the first storm of the season and it is expected to bring blizzard conditions with heavy snow and high winds,” said Dan Hurley, president of UWUA Local 369 and the Brotherhood of Utility Workers. “We’re closing monitoring the storm and are working closely with Northeast Utilities and National Grid to take all necessary precautions and preparations.” “Our workers will be leaving their loved ones, in some cases without power, to restore electricity to our customers and we won’t stop until the last house is repaired”.

UWUA members are ready to man call centers, all overhead and underground line crews will respond to any weather-related outages. Cities throughout the region have already declared snow emergencies as the National Weather service predicts heavy snow, high winds, moderate coastal flooding and blizzard conditions Monday evening and into Wednesday.

"The safety of customers and our workers is our number one priority and we are working hard to ensure that we have our members ready to address any outages that occur as a result of the blizzard,” added Hurley. “This has the potential to be a major storm with high winds and heavy snow, which could impact tens of thousands of residents throughout the region. Our workers are on call and ready to respond.”

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Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
Local 369

Regular Membership Meeting

Place: Local 369 Union Hall
120 Bay State Drive, Braintree, MA
Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Time: CANCELLED

TO: All Local 369 Members
FROM: The Officers and Executive Board

SUBJECT: February 8, 2015 Regular Membership Meeting

Due to the impending storm, work assignments and the safety of the membership, the Executive Board has voted to cancel the regularly scheduled Membership Meeting for this Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Next Regular Membership Meeting will be on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

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