Craftsman - September 2015

                                                September 2015 Craftsman Article


Brothers and Sisters I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Week end. The contract ratification vote for Oncor employees was concluded on September 10, 2015. The contract proposal was a two (2) year contract extension with three percent (3%) wage increases for all eligible classifications. The contract offer from the Company was accepted by the membership of IBEW Local 69. The three percent (3%) wage increase will go into effect on October 26, 2015, and another three percent (3%) wage increase on October 26, 2016.

The Union is continuing to wait on the arbitrator’s ruling on the Donnie Moore case. As soon as we receive a ruling we will send the ruling out. Keep the Moore family in your prayers.  We pray that Donnie gets his job back in Jacksonville, Texas.

At this time there is no news to report on the EFH bankruptcy. It appears that EFH has wanted the Hunts to own Oncor all along. EFH disregarded the billions on the table offered by NextEra. If you have any information regarding the sale of Oncor feel free to share it with your union leadership. Whoever the new owners of Oncor will be, rest assured that IBEW Local 69 will be interveners at the TPUC proceedings.

IBEW Local 69 will conduct the last quarter unit meetings around the state. The schedule is as follows:

            Waco - Tuesday – October 6 – 5 pm – Hampton Inn

            Salado – Wednesday – October 7 – 5 pm – Holiday Inn

            Athens – Thursday – October 8 – 5 pm – Holiday Inn


            Brownwood – Tuesday – October 13 – 5 pm – Holiday Inn Express

            Snyder – Wednesday – October 14 – 5 pm – Holiday Inn

            Odessa – Thursday – October 15 – 6:30 pm – Elegante Hotel


            Wichita Falls – Tuesday – October 20 – 5 pm – Hotel At Wichita Falls

            Paris – Wednesday – October 21 – 5 pm – Holiday Inn Express

            Lewisville – Thursday - October 22 – 5 pm – Select Inn

           Dallas – Tuesday – October 27 – 5 pm – 1408 N Washington

          Ft. Worth – Thursday – October 28 – 5 pm Holiday Inn Express


I look forward to seeing everyone at a meeting near you.

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

Posted on October 5, 2015 .

Craftsman August 2015

     Brothers and Sisters this is the Labor Day issue of the Craftsman. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day Holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day Holiday a year later, on September 5, 1883.  The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. By 1894, many states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28, of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership – the American Worker…. Wow, I wish employers today felt that way towards their employees.

By the time this article arrives at your homes school will have started. Please watch for the kids while driving. Remember the school zones and be aware of the school buses.

The Union office has great news to report. The arbitrator in the Sam Goodson case has rendered a decision. The arbitrator ruled that Mr. Goodson (Journeyman Lineman, Brownwood, Tx.) was wrongfully terminated and will be reinstated with full back pay. We are waiting on the arbitrators ruling for Donnie Moore’s (Journeyman Lineman, Jacksonville, Tx.) arbitration.

Oncor has offered the bargaining unit employees a two (2) year contract extension with three percent (3%) pay increases for eligible classifications on October 26, 2015, and October 26, 2016. A Union Committee will execute a ratification vote at various locations at Oncor.

On behalf of IBEW local 69 I would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed Labor DayHoliday! Until next time may God bless you, your family, and our local union.

Posted on August 26, 2015 .