Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is calling on FirstEnergy Solutions to honor existing union contracts with its workers, following reports the company is attempting to turn its back on workers after it is set to receive more than $1 billion in taxpayer bailout dollars. Reports say FirstEnergy Solutions is specifically targeting the pensions workers earned and bargained for.
“Despite FirstEnergy Solutions’s financial decisions, the workers at your plants have kept the public safe and have stayed focused on providing energy to our communities,” Brown wrote. “The company should waste no more time or funds attempting to rob your employees of their deserved wages and retirement security.”
Full text of the letter follows:
August 14, 2019
John W. Judge
President & CEO
341 White Pond Drive
Akron, OH 44320
Dear Mr. Judge;
It has been widely reported in the media that FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) is attempting to secure concessions in its existing workers’ pension benefits despite the fact that the company is the major recipient of an unprecedented bailout from ratepayers across our state. It is particularly galling that FES made this claim less than 12 hours after House Bill 6 was signed into law. I urge the company to withdraw this position and honor the existing contracts.
Despite FirstEnergy Solutions’s financial decisions, the workers at these plants have kept the public safe and have stayed focused on providing energy to our communities. Your company should waste no more time or funds attempting to rob your employees of their deserved retirement security. I respectfully urge your company to honor the existing obligations. FES should treat its workers with the dignity and respect they deserve.
United States Senator