April Craftsman Article
We have concluded our Quarterly Unit Meetings. Unfortunately, the first week of meetings that were scheduled at Waco, Salado, and Jacksonville were cancelled due to the storms. Thanks to everyone that worked long hours in the adverse conditions to restore power. Thanks to all of the members who attended the remaining meetings throughout the month.
Congratulations to Stephen McCarley, Dustin Scoggins, Jeff Taylor, Anthony Turner, and Terry Whitehead for being promoted to the Troubleman Classification. Congratulations to Field Service Representatives Don Gray and Freddie Evans for reaching a settlement in their law suit through mediation.
The Union and the Company met on April 23, 2012, for a grievance meeting. The grievances that were presented by the Union were two (2) termination grievances, two (2) changing shifts to avoid paying overtime grievances, and the grievance on the new ARC flash rules. We will wait on the Company’s responses and relay the information as we get it. James Chapman and Larry Haynes did a good job at the grievance meeting representing their co-workers. We still do not have a date set for the FSR arbitration regarding the five (5) FSR employees that did not receive Helper positions; the lawyers are working on getting a date set for the first case to be arbitrated.
If you have a new hire at your service center let’s get them signed up to be members of our Local Union. The membership forms that need to be filled out to become a member are located on our web-site www.ibewlocal69.com under the Steward Info. tab. Take advantage of Memorandum XII “New Employee Orientation” in the contract located on page 66. The new employee orientation has to be done within the first thirty (30) days of employment. If no one at your service center wants to conduct the new employee orientation, please call the office or my cell phone so that we can arrange a meeting. With our contract negotiations nearing our office would like to know if you have a relationship with your State Senator or House of Representative. Please notify our office by telephone (214) 821-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a contact in the State Capitol.
Until next time may God bless you, your family and our Local Union.