Craftsman - January 2018

Happy New Year Brothers and Sisters of IBEW Local 69, another year has passed and 2018 is already flying by. I would like thank everyone that took time out of their busy schedule to attend a unit meeting for Local 69 in January. I realize how busy life is however, communication is vital for the success of our organization. As we discussed at the meetings there are issues that will not be written about in this article and is best discussed at the meetings.

At the unit meetings the new contracts were distributed along with the National Child Identification Program Kits the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is offering to members. The National Child Identification Program is a great idea and comes with a letter that explains how to utilize the kit. The letter in the kit states “There is nothing more important to the International Brother of Electrical Workers (IBEW) than our members and their families’ safety and well-being. Every year, approximately 800,000 children in the United States go missing, and another 50,000 go missing in Canada. To help protect their children and grandchildren, the IBEW has joined the National Child Identification Program, to provide the enclosed free Child ID Kit.

A child ID Kit is simple, yet effective tool to help families maintain current descriptive information about their children. The kit allows law enforcement authorities to scan the child’s fingerprints from the completed Child ID Kit into the National Crime Information Center database, to assist in locating a missing child. Completing the kit is simple – fill out the fingerprint identification card with the most recent information and follow the instructions for the fingerprint and DNA sections. Store the card in a safe place and only turn it over to the authorities in case of an emergency.” If you have not gotten a kit and would like one, ask your steward if he has any kits. If your steward is out of the kits email the office at and we will try to get you one.  There are just a few kits remaining.

Oncor has enough volunteers to fill the first trip to Puerto Rico for restoration efforts. The Company has emailed the details to employees such as 16 hour days for time and one half for all hours worked, the duration of the stay, etc. etc. When you guys get there and have worked for a few days, someone please contact me advising me of the conditions.

It saddens me to inform you that we lost a Brother on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Brother Robert “Bobby” Luna (Serviceman - Midland) was at home when he went to be with the Lord. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. That is the reason I write in many of these articles to never take your family for granted and always tell them you love them, they can’t hear it enough. The jobs we have require us to be away from our families for extended periods of time. When you are with your family cherish every moment. Please keep the Luna family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Until next time may God bless you, your family, and our local union.

Posted on February 1, 2018 .

Craftsman - December 2017

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I pray 2018, will be a great year for you, your family, and our local union. Always remember to work safe and take pride in what you do, that’s the IBEW way. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Our local union will be conducting unit meetings around the state in January 2018. The schedule for the meetings are at the end of this article. Please make arrangements to attend a meeting in your area.

On December 5, 2017, oral arguments on the Bobby Reed termination case were heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. You can go on line at (case 16-1278 Oncor Electric Delivery Company v. NLRB) to listen to the arguments. The Judges should have a ruling within the next six months. The Union and Company has selected an arbitrator for the grievance the Union filed regarding the Company using non-bargaining unit employees to perform bargaining unit work after storms as “storm evaluators”. The parties are in the process of scheduling a date for the arbitrator to hear the case.

At the time this article is being written I have been informed that the Company is sending crews to Puerto Rico to restore power. The Company has stated they are sending crews on January 8, 2018, for thirty days and then will send a second wave for thirty days around February 8th. The compensation will be time and one half for all hours worked. This is for volunteers only.

If you are in Puerto Rico in January work safe, maybe I will see you at the April meetings. If you do not go to Puerto Rico take a look at the schedule for the meetings in January and try to attend a meeting, we will be distributing the new contract books.

             Waco - Tuesday - January 2 – Georges – 5 pm - 1925 Speight Ave.

Round Rock – Wednesday – January 3 – 5 pm (Someone please call me with a  

                                                                                convenient meeting site)

Tyler – Thursday – January 3 – 5 pm - (Someone please call me with a convenient

              meeting site)


Brownwood – Tuesday – January 9 – 5 pm (Someone please call me with a convenient

                     meeting site)

Eastland – Wednesday – January 10 – 5 pm - (Someone please call me with a

                                                                           convenient meeting site)

Odessa – Thursday – January 11 – 6:30 pm – Elegante Hotel


             Wichita Falls – Tuesday – January 16 – 5 pm – Oyster Bar 4214 Kell Blvd

McKinney – Wednesday – January 17 – 5 pm - (Someone please call me with a

                                                                             convenient meeting site)

Sulpher Springs – Thursday – January 18 – 5 pm (Someone please call me with a

                                                                                 convenient meeting site)


Dallas – Tuesday – January 23 – 5 pm – 1408 N Washington

Corsicana – Wednesday – January 24 – (Someone please call me with a convenient

                                                                  meeting site)

Fort Worth – Thursday – January 25 – 5 pm – Oyster Bar – 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd.



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


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

Posted on January 2, 2018 .