RESOLUTION NO. 11 – UTILITY WORKER TRAINING

UTILITY WORKER TRAINING

WHEREAS, the economic growth of a state is directly tied to its utility infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, the infrastructure of many utilities in the Commonwealth are well beyond their expectant service life and are in need of upgrades; and

 WHEREAS, there is a potential to lose through retirements, 30 to 50% of the current workforce in the next three to five years; and

WHEREAS, the hiring practices of many utilities over the last decade have not done anything to prepare for this mass exodus nor even kept pace with attrition; and

WHEREAS, it is essential to have a properly trained and adequately staffed utility workforce to do the day-to-day work in a safe and efficient manner to maintain reliable service and to be able to properly respond in the event of an emergency;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the delegates to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO 41st Constitutional Convention strongly support and encourage that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission enforces Pennsylvania’s utilities “obligation to serve” by maintaining appropriate staffing levels; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that utilities set aside a portion of any rate increases for the purpose of future staffing needs and training of employees.

Submitted by: IBEW LOCAL 1671, IBEW LOCAL 29, CHAPTER 22 NCFO/SEIU 32BJ, BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 13, IBEW LOCAL 459, IBEW LOCAL 614, UMWA DISTRICT 2, USW LOCAL 1940, IBEW LOCAL 2154, IBEW LOCAL 1635, UWUA REGION II, CWA LOCAL 13000, CWA LOCAL 13500, CWA LOCAL 13550, CWA LOCAL 13573, IUE-CWA LOCAL 88502, IUE-CWA LOCAL 88648

Referred to: Health & Safety

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