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UPDATED: CL&P workers rally over staffing levels

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published September 17. 2012 11:00AM   Updated September 17. 2012 3:44PM
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William Henderson, left, president of the Communications Workers of America Local 1298 AFL-CIO, and Frank Cirillo, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 420 react during a rally of Connecticut Light & Power's unionized linemen at the state Capitol in Hartford Monday. The union, which has been without a contract since June, rallied over what they say are inadequate staffing levels.

Hartford — More than 150 Connecticut Light & Power's unionized linemen say staffing levels at the electric utility are inadequate and are putting workers at risk.

The union, which has been without a contract since June, says the utility has about 400 linemen, fewer than it had last October when a snow storm left tens of thousands of customers without power for days.

Tricia Taskey Modifica, a spokeswoman for the utility, says staffing levels are on par with other utilities across the nation, and says hundreds of crews are brought in from out of state when an emergency strikes.

The linemen held a noontime rally on Monday at the state Capitol. Some top Democratic politicians, including House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Donald Williams, voiced support for the workers.

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