Massachusetts Union Backs Delay In NU-NStar Merger

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) – A utility workers union has announced its support of a recent motion filed by Massachusetts officials seeking a delay in the proposed merger between Boston-based NStar and Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities.

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 said Friday it supports the motion filed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

Local 369 president David Leonardi says his union filed a motion urging the Department of Public Utilities to grant the petition filed for the delay. He says he has heard conflicting comments about jobs that’ll be eliminated and supports a request for additional information.

Northeast Utilities and NStar oppose the delay. They say it could scuttle the $4.7 billion deal.

The merger would create the largest utility in New England. Northeast Utilities and NStar say it wouldn’t stifle competition or increase rates.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • t shopel

    the fact that Nu would have conflicting reports about job cuts should not be a surprise to anyone. They lie to the press all the time the latest was with the June 9th storm which they blamed the union contracts for not restoring their customers power. The very next day the union leadership was in the paper calling them out on this issue and to this day the NU has never recanted their story.
    Their labor relations department is known for being anti worker and the head of that department has a need of always being right. The CEO of the company is hated by all employees so I am sure the feeling in NU is let the merger go through it can’t get much worse.

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