If you missed the monthly Altoona Dem Breakfast you missed some great conversation. We talked about some very important issues and, whether you were at the breakfast or not, here’s some important information that we talked about today.
Marty Baronner brought to our attention some really important information about Penelec’s assault on union workers. The following is from a flyer that Marty brought:
“Penelec and parent company FirstEnergy have launched a vicious attack on utility workers and retirees, and if the company gets its way consumer service may also suffer. Utility Workers Union of America Branch 180 is also asking for citizens’ support to stop this assault on local living standards.
Penelec has short-circuited legitimate bargaining and recently issued a ‘last and best’ offer that would be hugely damaging to the local economy in central Pennsylvania. The company’s contract demands would eliminate health coverage for all future retirees and those that have retired since 2005. Penelec’s demands would also impose reduced pension benefits for all new hires in the form of a so-called ‘cash balance’ plan – a plan the company hasn’t even provided yet to the union committee!
Penelec seeks to change work schedules for first responders in ‘trouble-truck’ crews, a change that could result in longer delays for customers during power outages. In addition, Penelec rejected out of hand a proposal made by Local 180 that the company should reserve at least one spot in its apprenticeship schools for linemen or substation jobs for a U.S. military veteran.
While Penelec chisels workers and retirees, turns a deaf ear to veterans, and places customer services at risk, FirstEnergy is not shy about lining the pockets of top executives. Since 2010, CEO Tony Alexander has seen his total compensation package double from $11.6 million annually to $23.3 million in 2012. Last year, FirstEnergy doled out $40 million to only five executives from revenues collected from ordinary ratepayers.”
The Utility Workers Union of America, Branch 180 would like you to write or email Scott Wyman, Penelec President, to tell him to stop the assault on working families, customer service standards, and the local economy.
Mail, e-mail, or fax to:
Scott Wyman, Penelec President
5404 Evans Road
Erie, PA 16509-3680
Richard Flarend suggests that the best way to show Penelec you mean business is to take yours elsewhere. You have the right to choose your electric supplier. Go to PAPowerswitch.com and you can shop for an electric supplier and take your business away from Penelec and FirstEnergy and save money on your electric bill while you’re doing it.