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CONSUMERS POWER FAILS TO ADEQUATELY RESPOND TO STORM OUTAGES, SAYS MICHIGAN STATE UTILITY WORKERS COUNCIL

 CONSUMERS POWER FAILS TO ADEQUATELY RESPOND TO STORM OUTAGES,
 SAYS MICHIGAN STATE UTILITY WORKERS COUNCIL
 LANSING, Mich., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Michigan State Utility Workers Council:
 The Michigan State Utility Workers Council, which represents the union employees at Consumers Power Company, today responded to Consumers Power Company claims that it does everything possible to restore service to its customers during storm outages.
 These claims are simply not true because there are many Line Workers available from other areas in the state (in many cases only a few miles away) who are not assigned to storm restoration at all, while customers are without power for days. Crews work diligently for long hours in adverse conditions to restore service but they are not receiving the help that they should get as well. Consumers Power executives choose not to respond with adequate numbers of emergency crews for these situations -- situations that they themselves have created by not adequately maintaining the infrastructure and the utility system itself.
 It is time that Consumers Power executives realize that they will be judged by what they do in practice, rather than what they say they do. All of the rate payers' money spent on lobbyists, publicists, political hype and perception will not improve service to the customer who must endure not only hours, but days without lights and heat, hours and days that the company chooses not to use all available resources.
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 /CONTACT: Bernard L. Gray of Michigan State Utility Workers Council, 517-372-8011/
 (CMS) CO: Michigan State Utility Workers Council; Consumers Power Company ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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