It was a bit bizarre that during the superstorm Sandy, unemployed electricians in New Jersey watched in the side lines as utility workers from other states were called in to fix local electrical problems. For this reason, Business Manager Patrick DelleCava met former Jersey Central Power & Light President Don Lynch at a New Jersey Business & Industry Association meeting in order to discuss how IBEW workers could improve local response to similar disasters in the future.
The men determined that IBEW was not being utilized to its full potential, thus they took action so that about 400 Local 102 electricians will be able to aid JCP&L in future storm restoration. The cost of the program will be minimal since local 102 members already pay a percentage of their dues to run their facility where the classroom training will take place.
Note that local 102 electricians do commercial and residential electrical work in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Hunterdon, Essex, Passaic, Warren and Union counties.
Finally, JCP&L is working with additional IBEW locals to see if they can be utilized throughout JCP&L’s 13-county region.
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