Since merger approval was conditioned upon maintaining certain employment levels, FirstEnergy is playing a semantics game. They're calling some of them "temporary assignments" and pretending they're still jobs. Unfortunately, mega-nerd Todd Meyers hasn't been caught in a web of his own double-talk... yet. But there's always hope for next week when more "new assignments" will be distributed!
At least the line workers who actually keep the lights on haven't been affected. Looks like the lights may stay on for another two years before those guys get terminated or "temporarily assigned" to Timbuktu.
So, all you AEP and Entergy employees who are worried about what the upcoming merger between your two companies will mean to you -- take a lesson.