Striking Exelon employees claim public safety issues at power plant

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By Josh Resnek

The Exelon plant across from the Encore Boston Harbor and Hotel is the largest power plant in Massachusetts.

Union employees of the sprawling energy complex went on strike Saturday claiming safety issues and concerns about working conditions.

Throughout the weekend, the Utility workers Union of America Local 369 manned a picket line in front of the entrance to the facility.

Exelon officials declined to answer inquiries about the strike.

The picket line attracted media coverage over the weekend when Congressman Joe Kennedy, running against Senator Ed Markey for the Democratic senate nomination, lent his support to the strikers.

It was the second time in two weeks Kennedy has appeared in Everett.

Councilor Mike McLaughlin, running against State representative Joe McGonagle, also joined the picketing with Kennedy and Councilor Stephanie Martin.

The energy generating facility is located on a small spit of land along the shore of the Mystic River on the Everett side of the river which is considered Charlestown.

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Stop and Shop strike proves Power of union even today

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A union employee shields his face during a recent protest by Stop & Shop employees. (Photo by Lorenzo Recupero)

Union membership isn’t what it used to be years ago when our nation was a far different place than it is today.

In recent decades, union membership has fallen, although in Massachusetts, union membership remains higher than in most other parts of the nation.

The settling of the Stop and Shop strike, which lasted two weeks, is the surest sign that union membership still means something when push comes to shove and everyone in the union is willing to sacrifice their pay to get what they want and need out of a contract.

The past two weeks has been a public relations and business disaster for Stop and Shop.

When the strike was settled over the weekend following lengthy deliberations, it was a victory for both sides.

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Senator DiDomenico Joins Stop & Shop Workers on Picket Line

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Senator Sal DiDomenico joins Stop and Shop workers on strike.

Senator Sal DiDomenico recently joined Stop and Shop workers in the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 1445 in Everett and Revere on their picket lines in front of their stores.

On April 12th, 31,000 Stop and Shop workers went on strike across New England for a fair wage, affordable and accessible healthcare, and a reliable retirement plan.

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