BOSTON (CBS) – Negotiations continued Thursday between NSTAR and the Utility Workers of America Local 369, as both sides stare down a strike deadline of midnight tomorrow. A federal mediator is taking part in the talks.
Union President Dan Hurley says the talks will go on up to the deadline Friday night, if necessary.READ MORE: New High-Tech Buoy Coming To Buzzards Bay
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Anthony Silva reports
NSTAR is not specifying what issues remain on the table, but Hurley says they are major. He says NSTAR has proposed to shift significant healthcare costs onto the members, adding that NSTAR also wants to eliminate job seniority for workers at the company call center.
Negotiations have been underway for about two months as both sides try to avert a strike this weekend.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
NSTAR says the company continues to negotiate in good faith, and it’s optimistic that an agreement can be reached.