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transmission employees in Underground, and those employees were excluded from the analysis
by subtracting 11 employees from the Underground total employee number each year.
The Total Linemen Contractor Employees is the sum of the Contract Construction and
Maintenance FTEs and Contract Substation FTEs. Contract Transmission FTEs are excluded
from the analysis. The contractor full-time equivalent is based on a 40-hour work week for 52
weeks for a total of 2,080 hours per year or an average of 173.3 hours per month. Contractor
data for 1995-1999 was not available. The data for April through December 2000 and for
calendar years 2001-2005 reflects Ordinary and Customary (O&C) work performed by
contractors, which during this period is defined as work that is typically performed by ComEd
bargaining unit employees or contracted work that was, at one time, performed by ComEd
bargaining unit employees and for which ComEd is required to offer Valtin overtime7.
Contracted work for the Contract Construction and Maintenance FTEs includes work that would
have been performed by ComEd employees in the Construction and Maintenance Department
or SSG in the following job classifications: Crew Leader Overhead Electrician, Overhead
Electrician, Crew Leader Cable Splicer, Cable Splicer, and System Service Technician8.
Contracted work for the Contract Substation FTEs includes work that would have been
performed by ComEd employees in the Transmission & Substation Department in the Electrical
Mechanic job classification. Contractors performing work that would have been performed by
transmission employees are excluded from the analysis.
In late 2005, ComEd changed the manner in which contractor information is tracked so the
contractor FTE data for 2006 is categorized by operating regions rather than reporting location
in each region. Since our analysis is based on the contractor FTEs for the entire ComEd
territory, this change did not have a significant effect.
The Total Linemen Employees is the sum of the Linemen In-house Employees and the Linemen
Contractor Employees. Using the percentage of in-house employees versus contractor
employees, the ratios of customers to employees in these two categories were calculated and
summed together to get the overall customers per employee ratios. Figure 2 shows the in-house
and contractor components that make up the customers to total linemen employees
ratios based on the employee data on Table 1.
As depicted in the customer to linemen employee ratio trend in Figure 2, the total overall
customers per linemen ratio has been fairly level, ranging between 1,400 and 1,600 customers
per employee. Since linemen contractor data prior to 2000 was not available, we cannot
7 DR-042 - “Valtin overtime” is voluntary overtime ComEd is required to offer to employees in an “affected
work group” when ComEd uses contractors to perform certain work.
8 Contractors that perform work on major capital improvement projects that can be done by ComEd
bargaining employees are included in the O&C contractor data. Outsourced labor that performs work
such as vegetation management is not included in the analysis.
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