Conn. utility workers rally over staffing levels
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Light & Power's unionized linemen are planning to rally at the state Capitol over what they say are inadequate staffing levels.
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 Northeast Utilities unit, 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 are planning to rally at noon on Monday. They have the support of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who says he may order congressional hearings if staffing concerns are not addressed.