An Important Message from UWUA National President, Mike Langford

On behalf of all the officers, staff and our entire membership, I want to thank the hundreds of union brothers and sisters who answered the call to do what they do best, respond to emergencies both natural and manmade.

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Brothers and Sisters,

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused massive destruction and upended the lives of untold millions of people. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and the millions more who are still dealing with the aftermath of the storms.

Even before the hurricanes made landfall, our members, particularly our electric line workers, were mobilizing to restore and rebuild services for communities facing these natural disasters.

On behalf of all the officers, staff and our entire membership, I want to thank the hundreds of union brothers and sisters who answered the call to do what they do best, respond to emergencies both natural and manmade. Most left their families, traveled hundreds of miles south, and risked their lives to restore power under very dangerous conditions.
Our members know this work requires the utmost care and safety is priority number one. The safety training they receive is second to none.

Still, accidents happen. One of our linemen, Tracy Slaugenhaupt, went to Florida, worked 16-hour days in 100-degree heat and for several nights slept on a cot in a tractor-trailer with 36 other linemen. Unfortunately, Tracy, a 25-year member from Local 102 at Allegheny Power, made contact with 7,000 volts and was severely burned. He is in critical condition. I am asking all of you to pray for Tracy and his family.

In solidarity,

Mike Langford