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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Union Files Complaint Against CL&P

BREAKING NEWS: Two International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union locals have filed a complaint against Connecticut Light & Power with the National Labor Relations Board.

The complaint, filed by Locals 420 and 457 of the IBEW, contends that CL&P has engaged in coercive bargaining tactics. The union also contends in its complaint that CL&P has interfered with workers right to participate in informational picketing.

The portion of the complaint that relates to information picketing appears to refer to a protest the union's held on July 30th, which culminated with a march on Northeast Utilities' corporate headquarters.

The complaint filed with NLRB comes almost two months after the IBEW's contract with CL&P expired on June 1. Since then, union leaders have called the company's staffing levels inadequate, a condition which IBEW leaders say contributed to CL&P's mishandling of the response to massive statewide power outages in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the late October snow storm last year.

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