Craftsman Article September 2016

Brothers and Sisters the members at WFAA-TV voted to accept the three year deal negotiated between the Union and Station. The members will receive a 1.5% wage increase effective August 21, 2016, with a .50% merit component to be distributed at the stations discretion. The three year contract has wage openers for 2017 and 2018.

President, Ross McAuley and I recently returned from attending the 39th IBEW International Convention, held in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 19th through September 23rd. At the convention the delegates from around the United States and Canada passed laws and resolutions that will govern and guide the brotherhood into the future. The delegates re-elected International President Lonnie R. Stephenson and International Secretary-Treasurer Salvatore “Sam” Chilia. The IBEW began in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1891. Therefore, it was the appropriate place to convene the convention while celebrating our 125th anniversary. The IBEW has served their members and communities proudly for over a century and will continue to do so as long as we have good working men and women like you. At the convention the delegates approved a modest increase to “A” member contributions, starting with a $2 per month additional on January 1, 2017, and another $1 per month on January 1, 2019.

A total of 1,938 delegates from 678 local unions were registered and present for the 39th International Convention. Those unions represent a total membership of 632,015 as reported to the convention by International Executive Council Chairman Christopher Erikson. Ross and I were able to make contact with Florida Power & Light employees and their Business Manager. We were able to talk shop and discuss the work place possibilities once NextEra buys Oncor. The employees at FP&L stated the relationship between Management and the Union has never been better. Monday, September 19th the bankruptcy court in Delaware gave its blessing for EFH and NextEra to go forward with the sale. The next step will be the approval of the sale at the Texas Public Utility Commission. IBEW Local 69 will be involved in that process at the TPUC. I would like to relay the information regarding how the crews are set up at FP&L and other working conditions however; we can discuss this at our unit meetings scheduled for October.  The meeting schedules are as follows:

Tuesday – October 4– Waco – 5 pm – Hampton Inn – 4259 N Hwy I-35

Wednesday – October 5 – Salado – 5 pm – Holiday Inn – 1991 N Stagecoach Rd.

Thursday – October 6 – Jacksonville – 5 pm - Best Western – 1659 S Jackson St


 Tuesday – October 11 – Brownwood – 5 pm – Holiday Inn Express – 504 W Commerce

Wednesday – October 12 – Snyder – 5 pm – Holiday Inn – 1305 Coliseum Dr.

Thursday – October 13 – Odessa – 6:30 – Elegante Hotel – 5200 E University


Tuesday – October 18 – Wichita Falls – 5 pm – Oyster Bar – 4214 Kell Blvd.

Wednesday – October 19 – Bonham – 5 pm – VFW Hall #4852

Thursday – October 20 – Lewisville – 5 pm – Select Inn – 200 N Stemmons Frwy.


Tuesday – October 25 – Dallas – 5 pm – 1408 N Washington

Thursday – October 27 – Ft. Worth – 5 pm – Oyster Bar – 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd.


 I look forward to seeing everyone that can attend a meeting in your area.

Until next time may God bless you, your family, our Local Union.


Posted on October 3, 2016 .

Craftsman Article August 2016

Brothers and Sisters the Summer has flown by and the kids are back in school. Please remember to watch for school zones and be aware of all school buses.

 Our brothers and sisters at WFAA-TV will soon vote on a renegotiated three (3) year deal with a 1.5% increase to the members and a .50% performance increase (merit bonus) at the Company’s discretion. This contract shall be enforced through 2019 with wage openers in August 2017 and August 2018.

The Oncor saga continues. If you receive emails from the union office you should have received an email on Tuesday, August 16th that asked for your input. The email read as follows; NextEra is going through the regulatory process of buying Oncor Electric Delivery. IBEW Local 69 will intervene and be a part of the hearings at the Texas Public Utility Commission regarding the sale. Please email me your top three (3) issues that you believe need to be addressed with the new owners that would make Oncor a better company and a better place for you to work. I would like to thank everyone that took the time to reply to the request. I am asking all members to send me an email at so that we can get as much input as possible. If you are not on the email list and would like to be included in the emails make that known in your email to the office.

President, Ross McAuley and I are scheduled to go to the 39th IBEW Convention in September. We are looking forward to the opportunity to visit with union leadership that represents workers at Florida Power and Light (NextEra). When we return we will have a better understanding of the relationship they have with their company and the negotiated benefits they have.

This year Labor Day falls on Monday, September 5th. I would like to wish everyone a safe and great holiday. Of all the holidays this one is especially for all of you that grind it out every day so the lights stay on.

Until next time may God bless you, your family and IBEW Local 69.

Posted on August 30, 2016 .