Shortage means competition for linemen - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Shortage means competition for linemen

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:54:50 GMT
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
  • Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:59:05 GMT
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South GeorgiaMore >>
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South Georgia Technical College.More >>
  • Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:32:11 GMT
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. He says he's had the siding redone several times.More >>
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. More >>

October 25, 2007

Albany-  Two more Water, Gas, and Light linemen have resigned and will go to work for a competitor, leaving Water, Gas, and light with half the linemen they had a year ago.

Retirements and better offers at bigger utility companies have reduced Water, Gas, and Light's linemen staff from 17 to 9. WG&L's light superintendent says nearly have the workforce is at retirement age and bigger utilities are stealing qualified workers by offering better pay and benefits.

"The problem is the tools we have to get a person on his jobs description from the A-step to the S-step, the tools to move them up the pay scale is what we need to work on," said Jimmy Norman, WG&L Light Superintendent.

Thursday he urged the board to reduced the department's scale so employees can see raises more frequently.

They passed a brochure from a power company around that advertised $32.00  an hour, plus a signing bonus for linemen.

The same job at Water, Gas, and Light pays about $10.00 less.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=WG&LLinemen

 

Powered by WorldNow