To the Editor...Union appreciates working with LCP
By: Mark Glazier, Pine Journal
To the Editor:
During the summer of 2011, the local union became aware of a mounting feeling of disconnect from the employees at Lake Country Power. The union attempted several times to inform LCP management of the feedback they were receiving with the hopes and expectation that management would look into it. No action was taken and consequently Board President Jack Huhta along with several board members took it upon themselves to assess the situation and the degree of discontent. Upon further investigation, the board was convinced that the situation was serious and corrective action and improvements had to be made. Management was instructed to take corrective action to improve employee morale.
The process led to [the departure of] several key management individuals from the organization. This created a need for “hands on” direct leadership from the Board of Directors, specifically Board President Jack Huhta. Jack spent countless hours of his own personal time and board paid time working with all employees, including organized labor’s leadership to restore the trust that was destroyed over the previous years.
The board expenses have been a topic of conversation during the past year, especially the board president’s. We appreciate all the time and effort Jack and other board members have done to successfully restore the confidence, trust, and working environment for all the employees at Lake Country Power. The union also wants the cooperative to be managed in an intelligent and fiscally responsible manner. We believe, as Lake Country Power’s Management and Board of Directors believe, that a happy work force is a productive work force.
We thank Jack and the rest of the Board for listening to us and making LCP a better place to work.
Mark Glazier, business manager
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #31