Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #190
ORDER ADOPTED
Jul 30, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to work with the relevant City departments to provide increased oversight—including safety inspections and monitoring—of all work being done during the lockout of National Grid’s workers to ensure that the safety of Cambridge residents is not compromised.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

National Grid maintains critical infrastructure in Cambridge which provides natural gas to area residents and businesses; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

United Steelworkers Local 12012, District 4, and Local 12003, District 4, represent the men and women who operate gas lines and projects within the City of Cambridge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Members of United Steelworkers Local 12012 District 4 live and work in Cambridge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The safety and wellbeing of National Grid customers and the general public is contingent upon high quality and well-trained employees performing services and line inspections on gas projects; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A prolonged lockout of National Grid gas workers raises safety concerns for the general public and strains service to National Grid customers; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 164 “Manufacture and Sale of Gas and Electricity,” Section 75 states that municipal authorities “may regulate, restrict and control all acts and doings of a corporation…which may in any manner affect the health, safety, convenience, or property of the inhabitants of their towns;” and

 

 

WHEREAS:

During this lockout period, numerous violations and safety concerns have been reported of the work being performed by replacement workers, prompting cities such as Boston, Lowell, Medford, Malden, Braintree, and Haverhill to act for the protection of their residents; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record urging National Grid to end the lockout of its gas workers so that gas line maintenance, inspections, services, and repairs may continue to be performed by high quality, well-trained, and experienced employees; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record urging National Grid to agree to a fair and equitable contract that provides for competitive wages and benefits commensurate with the technical skills and qualifications possessed by the members of United Steelworkers Local 12012 and Local 12003; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the relevant City departments to provide increased oversight—including safety inspections and monitoring—of all work being done during the lockout of National Grid’s workers to ensure that the safety of Cambridge residents is not compromised; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 164 ‘Manufacture and Sale of Gas and Electricity,’ Section 75, no new permits for non-emergency gas construction projects shall be issued to National Grid during the lockout of their workers.

 

 

 

Meeting History

Jul 30, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED