PGW’s Union Employees Oppose Sale

Hoping to enlist support of other public unions.

NewsWorks reports that the union which represents PGW’s employees will oppose selling the gas utility to a private owner.

Keith Holmes, president of the Gas Works Employees Union, said his members are counting on support from other unions.

“We’re going to oppose this sale and we’re going to do everything we can,” he said. “And we hope council sticks by us. Leading into this, they thought the city unions were going to break apart because they are going to put money into the city pension fund.

“That will never happen,” Holmes said. “There is no way any city union is going to try and benefit off the backs of another city union.”

Under the proposed deal, the city would sell PGW to Connecticut-based UIL Holdings Corp. for $1.8 billion.