About 30 local and regional Dominion retirees met Saturday in Grantsville for an informational meeting regarding the companies proposed reduction of retirees healthcare benefits.

"We support our union in opposing the benefit reductions," said retiree Neil Blankenship, "and will continue the efforts to oppose the company taking away benefits."

Negotiations between Local Union 69 and Dominion have commenced.

A large number of retired employees of Dominion and the former Consolidated and Hope companies could be affected, including current Dominion employees.

About 170 retirees attended a recent meeting in Clarksburg regarding the issue, according to union president Craig Bradford.

Dominion could be following years of USA companies and corporations reducing or in some cases eliminating retirement and healthcare benefits.

Retiree Blankenship said, "I'm going to fight this with everything I've got."

"There are many current employees and retirees who have yet to be informed of possible drastic changes in their medical benefits," he said.

Thomas Farrell, Dominion CEO, is among the USAs highest paid executives with an annual salary of $20 million, the company with gross assets of $56 billion, and currently employing 15,000 employees.

For questions regarding the issue, contact Neil Blankenship at 304-354-7569.

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