About 600 AEP power plant jobs will be lost as a result. -- Pat Hemlepp, AEP spokesman, July 7, 2011
Today, a mere 4 days after stating that 600 power plant jobs will be lost due to EPA rules, AEP made this announcement:
"AEP today announced its participation in a pilot effort to link veterans leaving military service to job openings in the energy industry. The new pilot program, called Troops to Energy Jobs, will last approximately two years and will be carried out by AEP and four other U.S. electric utility companies in conjunction with the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)."
Okay, so maybe they're not power plant jobs?
Robert P. Powers, president of AEP utilities and chairman of CEWD. "This pilot program will provide veterans with a pathway to job opportunities in our industry and allow AEP to continue its commitment to hiring those who have served our country for skilled positions such as power plant operators, chemical and maintenance technicians, and line mechanics."
Oh, look! AEP is recruiting power plant operators... the same power plant operators that are going to be laid off due to plant retirements under the EPA rules.
Stars and Stripes says:
With nearly 40 percent of the America’s electric, natural gas and nuclear power workers expected to be eligible to retire by 2016 -- and with the unemployment rate for young veterans higher than for the their civilian peers -- the industry joined with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on Monday to announce a new program to recruit military veterans to the energy field.
“While veterans are looking for jobs, the energy industry is looking for new workers,” Chu said. That includes line workers and engineers in traditional energy industries, plus new jobs in wind, solar and other renewable energy fields.
In the near-term, the industry will need thousands of new engineers, technicians, line workers, plant operators and pipefitters.
See the project's Power Plant Operator web page.
Yup. AEP really is recruiting new power plant operators at the same time they are laying off 600 power plant operators.
See the project's "Careers for Women" page:
As if implying that women cannot perform the other "male" jobs listed on the site, such as power plant operator, isn't bad enough, the opportunities offered for women are: "Get Into Energy: Careers for Women Coming soon!"
What sort of careers do you think they'll develop for women? Making coffee? Ironing uniforms? Making lunches for the male employees?
Ladies... I've got a better "job" for you -- How about telling AEP that they're a bunch of liars who continue to contradict themselves over and over? It doesn't pay much, but at least you're not going to end up barefoot, pregnant and chained to the stove...