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There are 51 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 14, 2010, titled AEP announces plans to shed up to 2,200 workers | The Columbus .... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

American Electric Power plans to shrink its work force by between 5 percent and 10 percent -- or up to 2,200 workers -- in its 11-state territory to cut expenses as it continues to feel the effects of the recession.

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-Paul

Montgomery, AL

#1 Apr 14, 2010
I haven't increased my electrical usage but have certainly seen an increase in my monthly bill. Too bad more workers are joining the unemployment ranks.
Sum Tim Wong

Hilliard, OH

#2 Apr 14, 2010
But yobama said more jobs have been created! The recesiion is over. Maybe if the government takes over utilities it can increase the number of employes required, our rates will go up, we can subsidize it & everyone will be happy, hopey & changey!
Say it

Columbus, OH

#3 Apr 14, 2010
Ohio's distribution grid was built to supply the massive automative assembly and parts plants that no longer exist. Take Dayton for example - the only large commercial load left is the Air Force Base and that place is living on borrowed time. We may be able to save money by taking entire high voltage transmission lines out of service and selling the metal for scrap. We simply don't need an industrial sized power grid in what is rapidly reconverting back into an undeveloped, impoverished rural state.
-Paul

Montgomery, AL

#4 Apr 14, 2010
Say it wrote:
Ohio's distribution grid was built to supply the massive automative assembly and parts plants that no longer exist. Take Dayton for example - the only large commercial load left is the Air Force Base and that place is living on borrowed time. We may be able to save money by taking entire high voltage transmission lines out of service and selling the metal for scrap. We simply don't need an industrial sized power grid in what is rapidly reconverting back into an undeveloped, impoverished rural state.
I have to disagree with you about your suggestion that WPAFB is on "borrowed" time. While other bases are eliminating jobs, WPAFB is absorbing the positions. Unless the AF stops developing new weapon-systems and transitions it's entire Materiel Command and its 20,000 employees and supporting it to a new location at the cost of BILLIONS, WPAFB isn't going anywhere any time soon.
F CLOWN COLEMAN

Columbus, OH

#5 Apr 14, 2010
Too bad they don't work for the SWCS district. Pass a levy and you can get you pay increases AND bonuses.
Devolution

Columbus, OH

#6 Apr 14, 2010
Say it wrote:
Ohio's distribution grid was built to supply the massive automative assembly and parts plants that no longer exist. Take Dayton for example - the only large commercial load left is the Air Force Base and that place is living on borrowed time. We may be able to save money by taking entire high voltage transmission lines out of service and selling the metal for scrap. We simply don't need an industrial sized power grid in what is rapidly reconverting back into an undeveloped, impoverished rural state.
Backward evolution, you are correct we are undeveloped, impoverished and rural. The heart of it all is in cardiac arrest and the doctors will not accept our medical insurance.
-Paul

Montgomery, AL

#7 Apr 14, 2010
F CLOWN COLEMAN wrote:
Too bad they don't work for the SWCS district. Pass a levy and you can get you pay increases AND bonuses.
True that.
Connie

Columbus, OH

#8 Apr 14, 2010
It sucks that it's happening, but not surprising. The Co. froze wages for a year as well as implementing a hiring freeze a couple of years ago, incentive pay was all but eliminated but it just wasn't enough for the long haul. They tried to preserve jobs, but the economy just didn't cooperate. Too many businesses closing or moving equals less electricity used.
As for the rates - AEP has the lowest rates around (feel free to research it). I'm on a co-op and my bill went up $20+ for 200 less Kilowatts of usage in 2010 as compared to 2009. As of March, my budget was $250 a month and I have a newer, well insulated house that isn't what I call huge - oh, and I heat with propane.
Topper

Columbus, OH

#9 Apr 14, 2010
all will be well when the casinos open
inside 270

Hilliard, OH

#10 Apr 14, 2010
Sum Tim Wong wrote:
But yobama said more jobs have been created! The recesiion is over. Maybe if the government takes over utilities it can increase the number of employes required, our rates will go up, we can subsidize it & everyone will be happy, hopey & changey!
i agree. aep needs to run things through obama central planning before they can lay off. i hope waxman doesn't see this and call them before a congressional committee.
the truth hurts

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 14, 2010
Sum Tim Wong wrote:
But yobama said more jobs have been created! The recesiion is over. Maybe if the government takes over utilities it can increase the number of employes required, our rates will go up, we can subsidize it & everyone will be happy, hopey & changey!
Have you ever heard of the PUCO? Do you even have a clue of how society operates? The government has been in charge of setting rates in Ohio for just over 100 years! Where have you been dumba$$!
Sara

Mansfield, OH

#12 Apr 14, 2010
F CLOWN COLEMAN wrote:
Too bad they don't work for the SWCS district. Pass a levy and you can get you pay increases AND bonuses.
Hmmm, last headline I saw regarding SWCS was that they were laying off people to cut costs too. I am sure there are quite a few people at AEP that are getting raises while others are being laid off. Get a clue as to how a business works but opps, I forgot, you are not capable of seeing the "big" picture. You must surely be another Obama socialist supporter.
Sum Ting Wight

Hilliard, OH

#13 Apr 14, 2010
Say it wrote:
Ohio's distribution grid was built to supply the massive automative assembly and parts plants that no longer exist. Take Dayton for example - the only large commercial load left is the Air Force Base and that place is living on borrowed time. We may be able to save money by taking entire high voltage transmission lines out of service and selling the metal for scrap. We simply don't need an industrial sized power grid in what is rapidly reconverting back into an undeveloped, impoverished rural state.
WPAFB produces their own electricity. They are completely self sustaining on their own.
the truth hurts

Columbus, OH

#14 Apr 14, 2010
Sara wrote:
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Hmmm, last headline I saw regarding SWCS was that they were laying off people to cut costs too. I am sure there are quite a few people at AEP that are getting raises while others are being laid off. Get a clue as to how a business works but opps, I forgot, you are not capable of seeing the "big" picture. You must surely be another Obama socialist supporter.
Think before you speak, genius. AEP employees have not had raises in 2 years.
Dean Wormer

Little Rock, AR

#15 Apr 14, 2010
Hows that hope and change working out for ya?
runner1934

Van Wert, OH

#16 Apr 14, 2010
Limited Brands is adding 50 new jobs. AEP is eliminating 2200 jobs. Ot me tha is a net loss of 2,150 jobs. It will be interesting to see how many jobs the Obama adminstration claims is created or saved on this one!
really

Columbus, OH

#17 Apr 14, 2010
I don't understand. Doesn't AEP know the great economic job Ted Strickland and Lee Fisher have done for the state? Bunch of ingrates. Remember: The recession is over. The newspapers have been saying it for more than a year. Nevermind that pesky 10.7% unemployment.
the truth hurts

Columbus, OH

#18 Apr 14, 2010
really wrote:
I don't understand. Doesn't AEP know the great economic job Ted Strickland and Lee Fisher have done for the state? Bunch of ingrates. Remember: The recession is over. The newspapers have been saying it for more than a year. Nevermind that pesky 10.7% unemployment.
Its called economics, teabagger. If people are not spending on electricity, not as much electricity needs to be produced. If not a lot of electricity is being produced, there is less work. If there is less work, you do not need as many people. If you do not need as many people, you lay them off. Unless, of course, AEP can raise rates. But they cannot. The PUCO rejected them.

Obama cannot force you to use more electricity. So really, it is your fault that these people are being laid off - you are not using enough power. Instead of blaming the president, look in the mirror. You are personally responsible for these families going hungry and being added to the unemployment rolls.
This Republican

United States

#19 Apr 14, 2010
Good job AEP...............but thanks to the union no money is actually saved. Bottom line is those 2,200 workers were never really required.
veritas

Dublin, OH

#20 Apr 14, 2010
Simple truth. This country is being brought down so we can all be part of the Global Government. It's been in the works for several generations and we're all watching it happen in front of our very eyes. They know what they're doing. It's just that the masses can't/won't believe it. Just can't accept that it was planned and is being carried out. And so many are still wetting themselves with joy that we've got our swarthy President. Enjoy.

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