Business Manager: Russell Harper ( )

Welcome to IBEW Local 457

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 457 was chartered in 1972. We represent approximately 950 working men and women in CT. Our workforce is on the properties of Eversource Energy, FirstLight Power Resources, Norwich Public Utilities, NRG Energy, Inc. and Wallingford Public Utilities.

Our mission is to protect the rights and safety of all our workers throughout the various contracts and work locations. To that end we administer and negotiate 12 different contracts. Our office is in Berlin, CT, where we have of staff of four working full-time; Business Manager, Assistant Business Manager, Senior Administrator and Class A Administrator. The office is open Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily for lunch. 


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Troubleshooter Issue Update

On October 8th Local 457 & Local 420, along with a State Mediator, will meet with the Company regarding the Troubleshooter issue at CL&P.  

Additionally, today we learned at the New England Utility Council meeting that there are currently 108- 110 Asplundh troubleshooters on the property.

John Fernandes

CT AFL-CIO Labor to Labor Walks

CT AFL-CIO Labor to Labor Walks

Walks are an opportunity to canvass neighborhoods and have one on one conversations about the importance of the election and electing our endorsed candidates. The endorsed candidates are:

Constitutional Office Races:
Governor: Dannel P. Malloy
Lt. Gov: Nancy Wyman
Secretary of the State: Denise Merrill
Attorney General: George Jepsen
Comptroller: Kevin Lembo
Treasurer: Denise Napier

John Fernandes' Statement to PURA Regarding the Rate Case

Last night John Fernandes spoke at the rate case hearing in New London during the public comment portion of the evening. Here’s what he said:

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.

2014 Candidates Endorsed by CT AFL-CIO

The Connecticut AFL-CIO 10th Biennial Political Convention was held on June 16 and 17, 2014. The delegates voted on Tuesday to endorse the following candidates:

Constitutional Office Races:

Millstone Update

Millstone Update

Meeting with IVP Carroll, 457, 420 & CL&P Management

Yesterday we met with CL&P management (apparently under the direction of Tom May) to discuss getting the contractors off Company property.  Present were Local 457, Local 420, IVP Frank Carroll and three members of his staff.  Like myself, IVP Carroll spoke to Tom May and everyone seems to acknowledge it’s in everyone’s best interest to have our workforce do the work.  Nothing came out of the day’s meeting; a lot of discussion, but no resolve.

CL&P Applies to Raise Rates; IBEW 457 Files as Intervener

As you may have seen in the news, CL&P filed for a rate increase on Friday. Hours later we filed to be an intervener in those proceedings (the same as we did over the building closures).

Workers Memorial Day and Safety

After participating in Workers Memorial Day I thought of all the people I know that have been hurt on the job.  Many of those injuries were minor, some more severe requiring hospitalization, and then there are the few friends that died on the job.  One of them, Frank Gasper, I considered a mentor.


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