Jim Harrison, President, Local 223, UWUA
said, 'Despite having tough issues to tackle in these negotiations, both parties worked hard to stay focused on the end goal and were able to reach a deal prior to the contract expiration date.'
UWUA Local 322 of Spencer, which represents 50 National Grid employees and Local 317 of Beverly have strike authorization votes scheduled for later this month.
The utility said it is negotiating a new agreement with both the UWUA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which together represent about 1,700 National Grid line personnel and field operations staff in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Sullivan, president of UWUA Local 369 of Braintree, said the two sides remain far apart, separated by what the union contends is National Grid's failure to address maintenance issues that impact worker safety and service reliability.