Westinghouse, Union Reach Deal to End Newington Employee Lockout

Jun 5, 2017

Credit Reuters

Union employees and the Westinghouse Electric Company have reached an agreement to end a two-week long lockout at the company’s Newington facility.

Last month, members of the International Brother of Boilermakers and Westinghouse Electric found themselves at odds over renewal of a labor contract.

When negotiations broke down, the company locked the employees out of their Newington factory which manufactures parts for nuclear power plants.

Now, Miguel Fonseca with the Boilermakers says the union and the company have reached a compromise.

“It is a victory – we got our members back to work," says Fonseca. "It could’ve been a little bit better, yes, but due to the circumstances of the bankruptcy, they were really limited in what they can commit to.”

Westinghouse Electric filed for bankruptcy in March following problems with the construction of nuclear power plants in Georgia and South Carolina.

About 170 union employees work at the company's Newington plant.