September 2, 2013
By Neal Tepel
Morristown, N.J. – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) will partner with a local electrical trade union to provide improved resources to help speed the service restoration process following a severe storm or other major event. Known as the JCP&L-IBEW Local 102 Emergency Response Team, the initiative will include International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 102 members who will be available for dispatch following major storms to protect the public from downed wires and other hazards.
The program will enable Local 102 members to supplement JCP&L’s existing personnel as needed. It is expected about 400 members of Local 102 not working for the utility will begin classroom instruction and field training at a JCP&L facility in Phillipsburg beginning September.
“Our members are pleased to join JCP&L employees in being available to assess damage and help protect the public during a major weather event,” said Bernie Corrigan, IBEW Local 102 president. “It is a natural fit since our members have talents and skills that can benefit JCP&L customers when they need help the most. We also appreciate JCP&L’s willingness to offer additional opportunities to our members through programs such as this one.”
The arrangement will ensure that supplemental crews needed will be local union labor.