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Dominion plans management changes

From Staff Reports

CLARKSBURG -- A planned Dominion management reorganization will apparently have a minimal effect on local operations, according to company employees.

The reorganization was discussed at a meeting of company officials and employees Wednesday at the Clarksburg-Bridgeport Holiday Inn. The discussion was part of a planned meeting that is held quarterly to inform employees of the company's direction.

Those in attendance were told the company would do some reorganization to gain efficiency on the delivery side of the business, according to the sources, who spoke only when granted anonymity.

The reorganization will affect about 100 management positions out of 3,000 throughout the company's 17,000-people job force that is spread throughout five states.

Some of the positions are already vacant and just won't be filled, according to the sources.

While company officials would not discuss much of the reorganization with The Exponent Telegram on Thursday, local spokesperson Bob Fulton did confirm there would be some management changes.

"It would not be appropriate to comment at this time. We're in the middle of the process," Fulton said.

He declined to provide any further details.

Union officials are keeping a close eye on the management reorganization because they fear it could affect contract negotiations this winter, according to Charlie Rittenhouse, president of United Gas Workers Local 69-2 of the Service Employees International Union.

The gasworkers' union contract expires April 1.

Rittenhouse expects to begin negotiations by late January for more than 1,000 employees, about 70 percent of whom work in the North Central region.

Regional Editor Nora Edinger and Managing Editor John G. Miller contributed to this story. They can be reached at 626-1448 or by e-mail at nedinger@exponent-telegram.com or jmiller@exponent-telegram.com.

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