The transfer of employees from the Electric Power Authority ( PREPA ) to LUMA Energy will not be automatic and they must apply and interview for the job positions.
This is clear from the most recent communication that LUMA sent to PREPA employees, informing them that the available positions will be published in September, October, and November. The interviews, for their part, will last until February 2021.
“Our plan is to publish the jobs by department and location. Once the positions are published online, for those who have additional questions or want help to apply, we will enable areas throughout the island to provide support in filling out applications,” said the consortium in its announcement, that El Nuevo Día obtained.
LUMA, which will take over the operation of the transmission, distribution and customer service systems, among other areas of PREPA, indicated that employees may request jobs online from their phones or computers, and will offer assistance to those who need it.
“After employees have submitted applications for the positions they are interested in at LUMA, we will start contacting employees to coordinate the interviews. The interview process is so that PREPA and LUMA employees continue to get to know each other better,” added the Canadian-American consortium, which is made up of the companies Quanta Services, ATCO, and IEM.
LUMA will make the job offers in February, and according to the consortium, employees will not be required to speak English and wages will be “competitive.”
“For employees who remain in the same position, we will offer you an equivalent total compensation package or greater than current compensation at PREPA,” said LUMA.
On Monday, lawyers from the Union of Workers in the Electrical and Irrigation Industry ( Utier ) presented the results of an investigation and legal opinion, which concluded that the contract awarded to LUMA is void for allegedly violating various provisions of current laws and its public policies.
Among other things, Utier’s lawyers pointed out that the contract does not respect the collective agreements or the acquired rights of PREPA workers.
LUMA’s contract is for 15 years, at a cost of $1.5 Billion. Last week, when the selection of the consortium was announced, the government reported that the transition period will take between 10 to 12 months.