Local 350 heralded for 15 years without LTI

By Danielle Williamson

In 2003, George W. Bush was president, Tony Blair was prime minister of Great Britain, gas was $1.83 a gallon, and the New England Patriots won their second of five Super Bowls.

It was also the last time Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 350 in Leominster had a lost time incident.

“Your achievement is extraordinary, but after 15 years, it must feel ordinary,” MA JDx President Cordi O’Hara said March 26 at a recognition breakfast at Monoosnock Country Club. “We all look to you as inspiration.”

Jeff Moore, who gave the safety moment at the breakfast, praised his peers for their collective accomplishment.

“You make my job easy,” he said.

O’Hara presented Local 350 President John King Jr. with a framed letter from her, U.S. President Dean Seavers, and CEO John Pettigrew, all of whom acknowledged the local’s accomplishment is “a benchmark to which our entire organization strives.” The local has proven, they wrote in the letter, that it is possible to deliver results efficiently and productively, while never losing sight of safety.

New England Gas Operations Vice President Neil Proudman spoke of his pride for the group’s impressive track record and commitment to safety.

“I have in my office a badge that reads, ‘Gas People Care,’” he told the group. “There is nowhere that this is more true than in Leominster.”

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