HARRISON COUNTY, W.VA (WDTV) - A lockout of more than 900 workers across six states continues, as Dominion and the United Gas Workers Union Local 69 look for common ground on negotiations.
The two sides met last week, but no resolution was reached. Both sides tell 5 News they are keeping the door open for future negotiations. The union members have been working without a contract since April 1.
The UGWU Local 69 also filed charges last week with the National Labor Relations Board last week, alleging an "illegal lockout."
In response, Dominion issued a statement to 5 News:
"We have just received the NLRB charge and are evaluating it and we cannot comment on it.
It also important to note that Dominion Transmission and Dominion Hope have also filed unfair labor practices charges against Local 69 because of their improper actions during the ratification process on July 15, 2016 and September 1, 2016. These are a matter of public record at the NLRB. We can’t comment further because the matters are under active investigation by the NLRB.
We remain disappointed that we have been unable to reach an agreement with Local 69 of the Utility Workers Union of America, United Gas Workers. We are not asking members of Local 69 to accept anything less than what non-union employees at Dominion Hope, Dominion Transmission and other Dominion affiliates have.
We are proud of our union work force, but there are others who can operate the system safely and efficiently until this labor dispute is resolved. Dominion Transmission’s and Dominion Hope’s operating systems continue to operate safely and reliably."