March 29, 2020

In reading your paper and listening to the media reports on the ice storm, I am thankful for the positive stories on our fellow International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro. However, I would be remiss if I did not recognize my members at Bell Atlantic for the superior job they have done during this catastrophe.

The operators, clerks and technicians of IBEW Local 2327 and Bell Atlantic have worked around the clock to restore phone service so critical to any recovery, and have worked beside their brothers and sisters at CMP and Bangor Hydro restoring power.

During the first 11 days of the storm, the number of Bell Atlantic customers in Maine who were out of service never exceeded 1 percent. In the same period IBEW Local 2327 members and 300 members of other telephone locals in New England handled 18,000 trouble reports, replaced 10,000 downed drop wires, and set 725 poles while 170 of our workers were loaned to CMP and Bangor Hydro to assist in restoring power.

While doing this, many also have volunteered in their communities, and Bell Atlantic added to its record as a good corporate citizen by assisting communities, including a $150,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

As business manager of IBEW Local 2327, I want to tell all my members how proud I am to represent them and to thank them for their heroic effort in this storm. David E. Paul Jr. Augusta

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