GenOn: Contract Ratified

IBEW Local 29 members that work at both Cheswick and Brunot Island ratified an 18-month agreement with a total wage increase of 3.75% over that time. The agreement also included a buyout of the retiree medical for those who still worked at the Plant and had that benefit. We believe the buyout is beneficial for those who are receiving it and will help us get through the next negotiations a little easier. The last piece of the agreement is a reduction in the amount of time an employee on LTD (Long Term Disability) can pay active employee rates for healthcare. Going forward once you go on LTD you will only be able to stay on the active employee healthcare rate for 24 months, this is the only takeaway there was in this agreement. This in no way affects how long you can stay on LTD, the only change is to the medical rate after 24 months.

In response to retiree healthcare going away and our members need to find coverage for both pre-65 and post-65 we have started working with a healthcare broker that we can trust to send our members to help them get the coverage that they will need. If you will need coverage in the near future you can call the hall for more information. This applies to all of our members not just the ones working for GenOn.

I want to thank our committee for the hard work during these negotiations and being able to adjust to negotiating via zoom and not in person. Your negotiating committee included Glenn Camp (President/Assistant Business Manager), Kris Anderson (International Rep), Mitch Karaica (Sr Business Rep), Jeff Oskin (Executive Board Member), Tim Davis (steward), and myself, Kenn Bradley (Business Manager). Also, thanks to all the members who took the time to come out and vote on this agreement.

Tentative Agreement Reached

IBEW Local 29 and GenOn have reached a tentative agreement today (8/25/20) on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was to expire on September 30, 2020.

  • 18 month agreement that will expire March 31, 2022
  • 2. 75% wage increase for the first 12 months
  • 1% wage increase for the last 6 months
  • Retiree medical buyout
  • Changes to the LTD plan -medical plan coverage at active employee rate for 24 months

A more detailed summary will be provided and a meeting will be scheduled for a ratification vote as soon as possible.

GenOn Updates

With the contract expiring on October 1st 2020 we have started talks with the company on how to handle negotiations and COVID-19. Both sides are exploring whether to have full blown negotiations or just have a limited number of proposals, once that has been decided we will pass on the information to the members.

As with any negotiations the members always want more information than we can usually give due to the nature and constant changes being made during those meetings, but we will keep you as up to date as possible.

It is very important that the membership lets the company know that you are 100% behind your union negotiating committee, it has proven to be very successful in the other contracts we have negotiated so please do not underestimate the power of the membership has by sticking together.

Life Insurance Arbitration for NRG

The decision from the arbitration that was held in September 2018 for Retiree Life Insurance for members that have retired or would have retired before October 1, 2019 from NRG has finally come in. The Union argued, anyone that was eligible and retired before October 1, 2019 would get the death benefit until it was used, while the Company argued, as of October 1, 2019 the Retiree Life Insurance benefit would no longer be provided.  

The Arbitrator ruled that the Union was unable to prove that the language in the contract intended for anyone who retired before October 1, 2019 would still receive retiree life insurance for the rest of their life. The Arbitrator ruled only on the current contract language (2014 - 2020 CBA) and did not include anyone who retired prior to October 1, 2014.

In the second step grievance answer the Company stated anyone who retired before October 1, 2014 would still receive Retiree Life Insurance.  

This arbitration award will only affect those who retired after October 1, 2014.

Cheswick to reduce staffing

NRG/GenOn felt in order to keep the Cheswick plant competitive, they needed to cut jobs in both management and the union. In an effort to get volunteers instead of laying off, the Company and Union met and worked on an agreement for an enhanced VSP (Voluntary Severance Program ). The agreement would give the employee selecting the VSP, 1.5 weeks pay for each year of service with a maximum of 52 weeks and a minimum of 8 weeks, all other benefits will stay the same. The Companies target number is 8 for a reduction in the Union and they are reducing management by 5. I believe we will get at least 8 to take the VSP which will keep anyone from being laid off. The target date for the VSP is January 31, 2018, I want to thank all those who have chosen to leave and wish them the best of luck.

Business Manager
Kenn Bradley

NRG/GenOn bankruptcy

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Here’s what we know right now. GenOn is currently going through the chapter 11 bankruptcy process in the Texas southern district court system. The chapter 11 bankruptcy process is scheduled to be complete by December 13, 2017. We are now being run operationally by GenOn although we are still NRG employees. Local 29’s collective bargaining agreement contains a successor clause which ensures that when we become GenOn that our contract will stay intact. Our pension plan will be staying with NRG and is fully funded and secure, which means retirees will see no change. All pension-eligible employees will be able to start receiving their pension benefits from NRG while still working for GenOn. Anyone that is interested in receiving their pension please contact the union hall if you have any questions.

GenOn will consist of the following 21 power stations:

  • PA- Brunot Island, Cheswick, Elrama, New Castle, Hunterstown.
  • Ohio- Avon Lake, Niles.
  • NY- Bowline, Hudson Valley gas plant, Lovett.
  • MA- Canal, Marthas Vineyard.
  • Ms- Choctaw.
  • CA- Contra Costa, Pittsburg, Coolwater, Etiwanda, Mandalay, Ellwood, Ormond Beach.

We are also hearing that the Keystone and Conemaugh plants will be going with GenOn also but were not sure in what capacity because they are owned by multiple companies.

Please remember to stay focused and to work safely. We all need to focus on what we can control which is the safety of ourselves and our co-workers. We can’t control the bankruptcy process, so please try not to focus on all of the rumors that seem to be out there. As we get more information we will continue to update you by posting it on this website, if anyone has any questions or concerns please contact a union official. 

NRG and GenOn Complete Merger, Creating Nation’s Largest Competitive Power Generator

Friday, December 14, 2012

 —Combined company has about 47,000 megawatts of generating capacity comprised of   nearly 100 generating facilities in 18 states —

PRINCETON, NJ; and HOUSTON; December 14, 2012 — NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and  GenOn Energy, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) have completed their merger effective today, creating the  largest competitive power generator in the United States. NRG now has a diverse fleet of  almost 100 generation assets with a total capacity of approximately 47,000 megawatts (MW)  concentrated in three domestic regions: East, Gulf Coast and West.

“Today, we usher in a new era of scale and scope in the American power industry, creating  additional value for our shareholders and enhancing our ability to serve our growing retail  energy customer base with safe, affordable and reliable power,” said David Crane, NRG’s  President and CEO.

In connection with the consummation of the merger, GenOn Energy stockholders will receive  a fixed ratio of 0.1216 shares of NRG common stock for each share of GenOn common  stock, except that cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares. GenOn common stock will  cease being traded prior to the market opening Monday, Dec. 17, and will no longer be listed  on the New York Stock Exchange.  

With the merger completed, NRG is now dual headquartered, with financial and commercial  headquarters in Princeton and operational headquarters in Houston. The combined fleet of  conventional and renewable power generation facilities produced more than 104 terawatthours (TWh) of electricity in 2011 and can supply nearly 40 million homes.  

About NRG Energy
NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We deliver  cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the nation’s largest  independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel, nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A  Fortune 300 company, NRG is challenging the U.S. energy industry by becoming the largest  developer of solar power, building the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging  infrastructure, and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to  better manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation capacity,  enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green  Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve more than two million customers. More information  is available at www.nrgenergy.com.

Forward Looking Statements
In addition to historical information, the information presented in this communication includes  forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and  Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These statements involve estimates, expectations, projections,  goals, assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties and can typically be identified by  terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “objective,” “projection,” “forecast,” “goal,”  “guidance,” “outlook,” “expect,” “intend,” “seek,” “plan,” “think,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “predict,”  “target,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology.  Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the anticipated  benefits of the transaction between NRG and GenOn, the combined company’s future revenues,  income, indebtedness, capital structure, plans, expectations, objectives, projected financial  performance and/or business results and other future events, and economic and market conditions.

Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual events or results  may differ materially from any forward-looking statement as result of various risks and uncertainties,  including, but not limited to, those relating to: impact of the transaction on relationships with  customers, suppliers and employees, the ability to finance the combined business post-closing and  the terms on which such financing may be available, the financial performance of the combined  company following completion of the transaction, the ability to successfully integrate the businesses  of NRG and GenOn, the ability to realize anticipated benefits of the transaction (including expected  cost savings and other synergies) or the risk that anticipated benefits may take longer to realize than  expected, legislative, regulatory and/or market developments, the outcome of pending or threatened  lawsuits, regulatory or tax proceedings or investigations, the effects of competition or regulatory  intervention, financial and economic market conditions, access to capital, the timing and extent of  changes in law and regulation (including environmental), commodity prices, prevailing demand and  market prices for electricity, capacity, fuel and emissions allowances, weather conditions, operational  constraints or outages, fuel supply or transmission issues, hedging ineffectiveness.

Additional information concerning other risk factors is contained in NRG’s and GenOn’s most recently  filed Annual Reports on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current  Reports on Form 8-K, and other SEC filings.

Many of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions are beyond NRG’s ability to control or predict.  Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on these  forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they  are made, and NRG does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking  statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this communication. All  subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning NRG, the transaction, the  combined company or other matters and attributable to NRG or any person acting on their behalf are  expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.

29 Files Unfair Labor Charge with NRG Energy

Sunday, September 15, 2013

On or about August 31, NRG instituted a Fatigue Policy at the Local 29 represented plants of Cheswick, Brunot  Island, and Elrama. This policy does not allow anyone to work more than thirteen consecutive days. The Company never met to discuss this policy, they just informed us they have it at their other locations and were going to implement it here. With the upcoming eight week maintenance outage at Cheswick Power Station, there will be a large impact on some of our members ability to work some of their double time days. This implementation is a violation of our Collective Bargaining Agreement and agreed to scheduling guides. Our attorney has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board on this violation of our contract. We have also filed a grievance on the same issue. 

Agreement to merge with Mirant Corporation

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Today we entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Mirant Corporation in an all-stock transaction. The combined company, which will be named GenOn Energy, will be one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S. with approximately 24,700 megawatts of capacity.  GenOn Energy’s corporate headquarters will be located here in Houston, with a portion of the Company’s commercial operations and attendant support personnel based in Atlanta.  A copy of the press release is attached for your review.

As you know, our vision is to “be the best performing, best positioned generator of electricity in competitive markets.”  This transaction is a significant step toward achieving that vision.  The combination is a true merger of equals and brings together two organizations of similar size and financial strength.  Importantly, we share a common strategic vision and a focus on operational excellence.  By merging our respective companies, we will add diversity to our generation fleet and have a stronger presence in key competitive markets.  GenOn Energy’s increased scale will also provide for a more efficient support infrastructure as well as enhanced financial strength and flexibility - both of which are important to navigate through industry cycles and fluctuations in commodity prices.

The leadership of GenOn Energy will be comprised of individuals from both RRI Energy and Mirant.  GenOn Energy’s Board of Directors will have equal representation from both RRI Energy and Mirant.  Ed Muller, the chairman and chief executive officer of Mirant, will become GenOn Energy’s chairman and CEO.  I will be the president and COO and am to succeed Ed as CEO in 2013.  The GenOn Energy executive leadership team is listed on the attached chart.  I expect additional members of the GenOn Energy leadership team to be identified within the next 60 days.  You will be provided more detail on the impact of the transaction on you personally within this timeframe as well.

I understand that you will likely have many questions. Throughout this process, I am committed to treating all employees fairly and to keeping you informed of new developments.  To that end, I would like to invite you to join me on Tuesday, April 13, at 11:00 am CT for an all-employee meeting/webcast to learn more about this transaction.  For those able to join in person, the meeting will be held at Hilton Americas in Houston.  For those of you who are unable to participate at the scheduled time, an audio webcast of the meeting will be available on the RRI intranet and a video will also be posted following the event’s conclusion.

Ed Muller will be traveling to Houston so that we can both speak with you again together.   We will host another RRI all-employee meeting in the same location on Thursday, April 15 at 2:00 pm CT. As with Tuesday’s meeting, this will be available on the intranet for those who are unable to attend in person. I also encourage you to visit www.rrienergy.com for more information on the transaction.

The close of the transaction is expected to occur before the end of the year.  Until that time, it is important that we continue to operate as two independent companies.  During this period, I ask that you focus on your day-to-day responsibilities.  For the most part, it will be business as usual.

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to RRI Energy. This is a very exciting time to be part of the RRI Energy team and I look forward to the many opportunities ahead.

Sincerely,

Mark M. Jacobs
President & CEO