“This company’s going to experience a thousand points of pain,” UWUA Local 102 President Bob Whalen said.
According to a news report, the standoff between FirstEnergy and locked out union employees in Pennsylvania continues.
Whalen said, however, that after a 20-minute preliminary meeting, representatives only spent five minutes around the negotiating table on Monday. He said after reading the first item on the union’s list of contract change requests, the extension of health care benefits for retirees, FirstEnergy ended the discussion.
“They said, ‘No, the meeting is over.’ They did not listen to the rest of our proposals,” Whalen said.
The thing is, FirstEnergy is quite capable of punishing itself, over and over. A more incompetent multitude of management morons would be hard to find. Oftentimes the only effort needed is to stand back and stifle your giggles. For instance:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has recon$idered an earlier decision that FirstEnergy's Beaver Valley nuke failed a force on force exercise earlier this year. Apparently they only failed because of the way the exercise was set up.
In other news, another lawsuit has been filed against FirstEnergy over contamination from its Little Blue Poison Pond, this time from neighbors in Pennsylvania.
Evidentiary hearings begin next Tuesday in Charleston in the matter of FirstEnergy's failure to read meters and bill its customers properly. The staff of the WV PSC is recommending the company issue refunds for work not performed, and the WV Consumer Advocate is recommending that the company hire enough people to read every meter every month for at least a year in order to provide accurate usage data for future estimates.
And a new legislative session opens January 8, 2014! Won't we have fun?