Business Manager: Russell Harper ( )

A New Year's Message

Well, 2014 was one hell of a year and I can’t say I’m sad to see it go.  Unfortunately, many of the issues of the past year continue into the new year- so be it; the fight goes on.
While we did get some contracts settled, we are still trying to get a first contract for Circuit Owners/ Engineers. We came close with the Millstone Organizing effort. Looks like we’ll wait and see what the new year holds on that front.
This year we have six contracts to negotiate so once again it will be busy. The contractor/ troubleshooter issue will be resolved one way or another, that arbitration starts next month.
With the start of the new year I say this to the leadership of Northeast Utilities:
    As leaders of a large corporation you have choices, there are many successful Fortune 500 companies that have a great bottom-line AND excellent relationships with their employees. The senior leadership of NU appears to be in the twilight of their careers, so you have to ask yourselves- what will your legacy be?  Taking companies that have been around for over 100 years and selling off their assets, reducing the workforce and diminishing the level of customer service that residents once knew, is that your legacy?
    Or would you dare go in another direction- rebuild your relationship with your employees, truly work with them in a meaningful way that benefits both parties going forward.
Other corporations have taken a progressive management style and have been very successful. Yes our industry is old but the management style doesn’t have to be old as well. No matter your station in life it really comes down to this- at the end of the day when you look in the mirror what do you see? I see a guy trying to make things a little better for working men and women. What do you see?

John Fernandes