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Utility Workers Consider Strike Due to Staffing

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says Connecticut Light & Power needs to hire more workers. The utility company says they are adequately staffed.

At a rally in Hartford, union workers for Connecticut Light and Power warned that the company is inadequately staffed and could have trouble repairing the damage from future storms.

The New Haven Register reports that union leaders say they are prepared to strike in two weeks unless the company hires more people.

In a statement, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal backed the workers from the state’s largest utility company. He said the company has 397 linemen and fewer than it had on staff last October.

“CL&P workers deserve a fair deal, with fair wages and benefits, and Connecticut consumers deserve fair rates, with assurance that their service will be reliable and responsive,” Blumenthal said. “Just last year, inadequate staffing contributed to lengthy delays in restoring electricity to countless homes, businesses, schools, and potential services.”

Connecticut Light and Power said the union is being disingenuous with the facts.

"The union is using the media to distort the facts," said spokeswoman Tricia Taskey-Modifica told the Connecticut Post. "We have the number of linemen we need for the work we have. In the event of a storm, we get help from outside."

The utility company serves 1.2 million customers in 149 municipalities throughout the state.

bart September 18, 2012 at 02:12 PM
In the 90's Cl&p had 1200 line crews after deregulation by your politicians. This and the higest rates in continental U.S. WHY? Politics. I worked for these clowns for 23 years in apower plant that went from 160 full time jobs to 56 you cannot expect the same service with 1/3 of a skilled work force it is physically impossible. So the result is we sit in the dark because it takes time and equiptment inplace to react in a expedited matter. BUY a GENERATOR
Mary Davis September 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Now it makes sense what Blumenthal was up to in his recent statements about the power company.. he's trying to help his union friends get more dues paying members...who will in turn make a larger contribution to his party. Glad he's so concerned about our welfare.

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