Business Manager: Russell Harper ( )

IBEW 457 Issues Update:

We met yesterday with a few Company officials to see if there was a way to come to some agreement so that we can go back to working as we have in the past.  We clearly want to respect the contracts we have.  They say they have a few ideas so we’ll wait and see what they are.

As far as the whole ARCOS thing goes, we feel ACOS was negotiated in 1998 so any change should be negotiated including adding any job classifications beyond the original line, electric and cable.  We don’t agree with the recording piece.  Our attorney says it’s illegal.  We’ve notified the Company of that and also have a joint grievance on that.

As everyone is well aware, CL&P is about to go before PURA (Public Utility Regulatory Authority) to request an increase in their rates.
I think most people would agree that it takes money to run a business, but what we as employees have seen lately is a large waste of money with the hiring of a replacement troubleshooter staff.  We all know the cost to utilize that workforce in place of our members is astronomical.  Where are these dollars coming from?  We have seen numerous incidents that have raised public safety concerns and they don’t seem to have been properly addressed.  So the question for PURA is are the ratepayers going to be asked to pay for this replacement workforce?  Is the “capital” work they are doing being accounted for properly?  Is the service the Company is providing the best and safest it can be?

These rate hearings start next week maybe it’s time PURA hears about some of these issues from concerned employees.
Below is a list of hearing dates and times:

8/27/14     10:00am       Public Comment    
Hearing Room 1    
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
10 Franklin Street, New Britain


6:30pm    Public Comment    
Hearing Room 1    
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority                           
10 Franklin Street, New Britain


8/28/14        6:30pm        Public Comment    
Cafeteria                 
Stamford Government Center                                     

888 Washington Blvd, Stamford


9/03/14        6:30pm      Public Comment    
Council Chambers      
New London City Hall                                              

181 State Street, New London