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Northeast Utilities Reducing IT Department, Assigning Some Employees To Vendors

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Northeast Utilities says it’s eliminating 200 information technology jobs, offering a rare public explanation as it tries to quell criticism from elected officials in Connecticut.

David McHale, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, said Tuesday that of the utility’s 400 IT jobs, 200 will be kept. Of the jobs being eliminated, 40 will be assigned to two partner companies.

House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresomiwicz  said he’s disgusted at job cuts. He has said it will result in deteriorating service.
The Hartford electric and gas utility bought Boston-based NStar last year for $5 billion, establishing one of the largest utilities in the country and the biggest in New England. McHale said cutting jobs was part of efforts to merge operations.

He said the announcement was in response to misinformation.

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