I dunno, but I think FirstEnergy just shelled out $1.25M to meet the demands of the UWUA 304 in exchange for a letter from UWUA to the WV PSC supporting the plant sale.
Must be pretty important then. In that case, I suggest that all struggling industry or citizen groups (if you don't have a group, you can just make one up!) get aboard the shakedown train and sell their advocacy to FirstEnergy. It's like growing your own money tree!!*
I'm not going to beat the union up about their deal with the devil. They're just regular guys trying to make a living and FirstEnergy had been giving them a royal screwing.
What I do find absolutely hilarious though is how the threat of cozying up with StopPATH and Calhoun Powerline was used by the union to get its way. Scaring FirstEnergy is our specialty. Glad we could help ;-)
However the plant sale is STILL a bad idea. I'm sure the union guys would much rather work at a plant that's financially subsidized by Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers than a plant owned by Allegheny Generation which is subject to the vagaries of competitive electric markets, and whose future is uncertain. Can't blame them for wanting job security.
But this plant sale will cost electric consumers over a billion dollars. There are only 150 union guys but there are half a million Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers. Be sure to let the WV PSC know that you do not support the plant sale. Just click here. (submit comment on Formal Case and be sure to type in Case No. 12-1571-E-PC)
*(click here for FirstEnergy advocacy recruitment website to see how much your advocacy is worth to the company!)