American Water Announces Support for National Guard and Reserve Employees
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and
wastewater utility company, announced today its support for National
Guard and Reserve employees. American Water Chief Operating Officer
Walter Lynch signed the statement of support during a ceremony honoring
American Water employee veterans held at American Water headquarters in
Voorhees, N.J. He was joined by Mr. Don Tretola, chair of the New Jersey
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee.
"We are so pleased to pledge our support for our National Guard and
Reserve employees," said Lynch. "With about six percent of our employees
being military veterans, we have firsthand knowledge of the tremendous
value they bring to our organization. Much of the skills and training
people receive in the military can be easily applied to jobs in the
water and wastewater industry, such as engineering, IT and operations."
The Statement of Support signed by American Water pledges:
We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services
Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to
effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members
bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire
Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
We will continually recognize and support our country's service
members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.
"Today supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and
readiness of the nation's Guard and Reserve units. The ESGR Statement of
Support program is the cornerstone of ESGR's efforts to gain and
maintain employer support. The intent of this program is to increase
employer support by encouraging participating employers to act as
advocates for employee participation in the military," said Tretola.
"American Water is setting a high standard for all New Jersey companies
to follow by providing above and beyond support of the nation's
veterans, many of whom currently serve in the National Guard and
"By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, American Water will stand
proudly with their Guard and Reserve employees who continue to answer
our nation's call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices
are essential to the strength of our nation," added Tretola.
More information about ESGR Employer Outreach is available at www.ESGR.mil
or by contacting Tom Bullock, Chief, Employer Outreach, at (571)
372-0709, or by email at email@example.com.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense
Office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for
Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives,
recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws,
and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount
to ESGR's mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and
Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership
to the civilian workforce.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by
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Source: American Water
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