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National Grid Reaches Tentative Deal With Locked-Out Unions

Jan 3, 2019

National Grid announced late Wednesday night that it had reached a tentative agreement with unions, signaling an approaching end to a 30-week lockout.

The tentative agreement, reached after three days of intense negotiations, covers approximately 1,250 employees who work in gas operations across eastern Massachusetts.

The two unions will present the terms of the agreement to their members for ratification by Monday. National Grid will not share details of the agreement until members of both United Steelworkers Locals 12012-04 and 12003 have had an opportunity to vote.

Some Connecticut Democrats support repealing the state's estate tax.
Michelle Lee / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/michellerlee

A Connecticut law banning employers from asking job-seekers about past wages goes into effect next week, and supporters hope it will narrow the gap in wages between men and women.

City Hall in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Shannon Young / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hundreds of jobs are coming to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while an affordable housing crisis continues throughout Berkshire County.

UMass Amherst Center for Employment Equity

New research out of UMass Amherst finds that employees face high risks and few benefits in making legal complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace. 

From left, Dave Eisenstadter, Dane Kuttler, Bera Dunau and Dusty Christensen after the ballots were counted. All four are supporters of the newly formed Pioneer Valley NewsGuild.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Employees at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Valley Advocate have voted to unionize. The official vote Wednesday followed lobbying against the effort by the newspapers' parent company.

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