Save Connecticut Jobs
We believe that Connecticut’s current plans for our electrical grid will strip residents of their jobs as well as create additional safety risks for already dangerous work. Please help us have a voice in our future.
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Save Connecticut Jobs
We believe the state’s current plans for our electrical grid will strip Connecticut residents of their jobs, as well as create greater safety risks for us at work. Please help us have a voice in our future.
Concerns with Connecticut’s Energy Plans
In an effort to create a more affordable and reliable electrical grid, we fear state lawmakers may be doing the opposite for Connecticut taxpayers:
96 Hour Penalty
Bureaucrats who’ve never worked on a power line are trying to tell us how power must be restored and arbitrarily decided 96 hours was enough time…even following natural disasters. This places added pressure on frontline workers to get the job done in a manner that favors a ticking clock over their own personal safety and the safety of co-workers and other first responders. This rule is not safe and could lead to a lineman getting killed on the job.
Inferior Work Standards
Rather than working with Connecticut’s electrical workforce to improve our state’s energy grid, current plans create a system that encourages out-of-state contractors (with no familiarity of our systems) to underbid future improvement projects and use less experienced workers. These plans also eliminate the specialized, industry-leading training standards the IBEW believes are needed to maintain our grid.
Loss of Jobs & Tax Revenue
By creating a system that will likely cut us out of work by using non-wire alternatives, IBEW members in Connecticut will lose jobs to out-of-state contractors and their less experienced workforces. Plus, eliminating work for Eversource also eliminates tax revenue for the state of Connecticut and local municipalities, as Eversource is the state’s largest taxpayer.
Multiple groups have interests in Connecticut’s Take Back Our Grid initiative. Here are the key parties involved:
The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has been tasked with the mission of modernizing the state’s electric grid and holding utilities accountable. Among their plans are pursuing statewide initiatives to advance electric cars and alternative energy.
Gov. Lamont and Connecticut state lawmakers are pursuing the Take Back Our Grid initiative. It will make utilities performance-based, as well as encourage alternative energy sources from third party companies.
Many Connecticut electrical workers are employed as support staff by Eversource, the provider of electricity and gas to many Connecticut residents. PURA and state legislators want to hold Eversource accountable for the service they provide, but many of the initiatives were rushed through the review process.
We’re the IBEW (The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) in Connecticut, and we are your friends, family and neighbors. Our organization is made up of local Connecticut residents and taxpayers, employed by Eversource and other electrical contractors, to keep your lights on and power flowing into your home 24/7.
It’s our belief that the current actions taken against Eversource were done in an effort to curry public opinion and win votes with little quality research into its actual impact on residents of the state, as well as the state’s electrical grid.
Further, some of the plans seem to disregard a number of well established benchmarks in regards to emergency response capabilities in the wake of major storms that affect the lives and safety of our members.
We are asking for local men and women of organized labor, as well as Connecticut’s family of first responders, to stand with us in Connecticut and demand the voice of frontline workers be heard by state lawmakers, as well as PURA. We believe this is a fight not only to preserve our jobs, but also our very safety in the field.
Save Connecticut Jobs
We believe Connecticut’s current plans for our electrical grid will strip residents of their jobs as well as increase safety risks at work. Please help us have a voice in our future.