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Shame on NV Energy. All it takes for a good company to go down is for them to do nothing.

The customer and employees are no longer valued by this company.

I just recently retired from NV Energy (Sierra Pac. Power Co.) after 40-plus years, so this is all new to me and I've definitely had my eyes opened. This is definitely not the company I hired onto back in 1968. The company used to be like a family. It all changed when we merged with Las Vegas and most of the upper management were handed severance packages.

Shame on NV Energy. All it takes for a good company to go down is for them to do nothing.

- James M. Hill, Retiree
41 years of service at NV Energy

What NV Energy has done to the employees and retirees is unbelievable.

I’m Tom Bird with 32 years as a company employee, 35 years as a union member. I’ve been very involved with the Northern Nevada Retiree’s Club. It’s been the main point of interest dealing with NV Energy’s take aways recently. It also looks like it will be for some time to come. What they’ve done to the employees and retirees is unbelievable.

- Tom Bird, Retiree
32 years of service at NV Energy

NV Energy used to be a wonderful place to work.

I'm Walt Plett and I worked for NV Energy for 31 years. This used to be a wonderful place to work, we did our best to keep our customers happy. Customer service was a top priority. I hope things don't change. - Walt Plett, Retiree 31 years of service at NV Energy

I find the changes which have been made at NV Energy to be unacceptable

As a 45-year employee of NV Energy and the owners preceding the current company, I am conerned about several issues involved in recent announcements and cuts in service and employees by the company. As outlined in an advertisement in our local newspaper this week, the elimination of rural Nevada electric line crews, the closing of rural customer service offices and other matters are having and will have a significant impact on myself, my friends and neighbors in central Nevada.

Nevada journalist Andrew Barbano on NV Energy, new poll

Jan 16, 2011
Still Sierra Pacific Powerful

Last month, IBEW Local 1245/AFL-CIO, which has represented the utility’s workers since the Truman administration, conducted a poll of 1,000 likely voters. It found 82 percent supporting a plan to form a “citizen utility board” to represent ratepayers before the PUC. Just 10 percent opposed.

Nevada Journalist Andrew Barbano Rips NV Energy, Highlights Public Opinion Poll

Jan 16, 2011

Still Sierra Pacific Powerful
by Andrew Barbano

Last month, IBEW Local 1245/AFL-CIO, which has represented the utility’s workers since the Truman administration, conducted a poll of 1,000 likely voters. It found 82 percent supporting a plan to form a “citizen utility board” to represent ratepayers before the PUC. Just 10 percent opposed.

An Open Letter to NV Energy Board Chairman Philip G. Satre from the 600 NV Energy Retirees

March 2nd, 2011

Philip G. Satre
Chairman of the Board
NV Energy, Inc.

Dear Mr. Philip G. Satre, As lifelong workers for NV Energy, we dedicated ourselves to providing Nevada with safe and reliable power – regardless of whether it was dead of night or dead of winter.

We were the first-responders when hazardous weather threatened our community. It was a commitment we were honored to keep – even when decades of bone-chilling conditions caused painful injuries, chronic conditions and forced many of us into retirement.

Shame on NV Energy - Corporate Greed in Nevada That Will SHOCK You

Our most recent ad highlighting NV Energy's SHOCKING corporate greed ran in the Las Vegas Review Journal and Carson City Appeal. NV Energy announced it made $227 million in profits in 2010 - a near 25% increase from the year before. And, CEO Michael Yackira gave himself a raise to $5.3 million a year - a 42% increase since 2008 - on the backs of customers, workers and retirees. This type of corporate greed should shock you!

NV Energy said their profits came from "cost-control" efforts - eliminating electric line crews throughout Nevada and closing all but one customer service office in the state.

NV Energy also cut health care benefits to its 600 retirees when they needed it most - forcing them to pay 100% of all increases in their health care premiums while on a fixed income and refusing to negotiate with retirees for the last eighteen months.

 

 

Former aide to Sen. John Ensign indicted by feds

Did you know that Senator John Ensign contacted NV Energy and asked CEO Michael Yackira to "hire" his mistress' husband? NV Energy and its executives, which had already poured over $50,000 into the senator's political causes, agreed to this unusual request.

Pulling the plug on NV Energy's schocking greed - retirees propose shareholder resolutions for greater accountability

NV Energy made $227 million last year - a near 25% increase from the year before - while charging Nevadans the highest residential electricity rates of any Mountain State. And CEO Michael Yackira just got a raise, now making $5.3 million a year - a 42% increase from 2008.

To stop this shocking greed, company retirees are standing up to NV Energy by proposing two shareholder resolutions aiming to increase accountability at the utility. The shareholder meeting will take place in Las Vegas on May 3.