About 200 local union workers for Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas marched from State House Square to Northeast Utilities headquarters in downtown Hartford demanding the company raise staffing levels and lower the cost of medical insurance Tuesday July 31.

“There’s not enough linemen to get the lights back on during storms,” said John Fernandes, business manager of local 457 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Berlin. “We are always up against trying to address the issues for the customers, and it’s a matter of the time. When the lights go out, we feel it’s taking longer than it has in the past because [the CEOs] are not addressing the lack of personnel.”

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