August Craftsman Article

Our brothers and sisters at WFAA-TV recently ratified a wage increase. The negotiations this year was a wage reopener provision. The members voted on a 1.5% wage increase for all bargaining unit employees with a merit component of .5% to be distributed at the company’s discretion. The increase was effective August 22, 2014.

Our brothers and sisters at Fox 4 TV have been in contract negotiations since May 13, 2014. The parties have reached a tentative agreement on the contractual changes and are scheduled to meet on September 4, 2014, to discuss wages. Again, this is a tentative agreement and will remain so, until the Union committee decides we have the best offer available from the company to take to the membership for a vote.

Our brothers and sisters at Oncor are scheduled to receive their negotiated pay raise of 3% on October 26, 2014. As many of you know there have been a couple of accidents recently with Oncor employees. The first accident happened in Jacksonville, Texas. A crew was transferring a pole when a flash occurred. The Lineman in the bucket closest to the flash is at home recovering. The rest of the crew members are at home on crisis suspension. (I will come back to crisis suspension.) The second accident happened to a Network crew that work from the Central Service Center located in downtown Dallas. A crew leader and an Apprentice received a flash and are now at home recuperating. At this time, I am unaware of anyone on crisis suspension due to this accident.

Oncor Electric Delivery has a unique way of punishing their employees. They put employees on crisis suspension. I have looked throughout the utility industry and at other companies outside the utility industry to see if there are other companies that treat their employees in this fashion. I cannot find another company that administers a form of punishment like crisis suspension. Police officers are placed on paid leave from time to time until an investigation is complete. Fire Fighters are put on paid leave from time to time pending the outcome of an investigation. But, Oncor likes to administer a cruel and unusual punishment called Crisis Suspension. An employee on crisis suspension does not know if they will be paid for the time off. However, the company is kind enough to allow employees to take their vacation while on crisis suspension to ensure they will be paid until their vacation runs out. The employee is not told how long the crisis suspension will last, they are simply told to call their supervisor every morning for an update. The company does this so they can get you for job abandonment if you do not call in. As I stated, this is nothing more than cruel and unusual punishment administered to the employees at Oncor.

In my humble opinion the leadership team of Oncor Electric Delivery has lost their moral compass. Leadership begins at the top. Shame on you Bob Shappard, for subjecting your employees, to such a cruel and unusual punishment. People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. It seems as if you do not care about your employees by the way the company administers crisis suspension.

Brothers and sisters please continue to pray that a reputable company buys Oncor Electric Delivery so that we will have people in place that believe their employees are their greatest asset and treat them accordingly.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Labor Day Holiday. Always do the best you can and be proud of what you do. I am honored and privileged to represent each and every one of you. Some day we will have new owners that feel the same way.

Until next time may God bless you, your family, our local union, and the future owners of Oncor.

Bobby W. Reed

Business Manager/

Financial Secretary

Posted on September 12, 2014 .

Craftsman - May 2014


Brothers and Sisters I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend and took time to reflect on the reason for the Memorial Day Holiday. Memorial Day is a US Federal Holiday, wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. This holiday, Memorial Day, is about the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I thank the men and women and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice for all Americans. The armed forces of the U.S. are there to protect our country and its citizens.

John L. Lewis wrote “The labor movement is organized upon a principal that the strong shall help the weak. Whereas, today the unions of this country may be able to stand on their own two feet, and like mighty oaks stand before the gale, defy the lightning. Yet, the day may come when those organizations will not be able to withstand the lightning and the gale. Now, prepare yourselves by making a contribution to your less fortunate brethren, heed the cry from Macedonia that comes from the hearts of men.”

Brothers and Sisters, thank you for your membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I often hear that unions do not have any value anymore. The Unions have already fought for and won an eight (8) hour work day, weekends, holidays, vacations, double time pay, rest time, overtime after eight (8) and etc. etc. Brothers and Sisters, our rights and liberties are under attack each and every day. Corporate America wants your Union negotiated benefits back. It is up to you and I to stand firm as organized labor and fight corporate greed.

On April 28, 2014, the Bobby Reed trial began at the National Labor Relations Board. As many of you know I was terminated from Oncor in January 2013 for testifying at a Senate Committee on Business and Commerce about smart meters in October of 2012. The trial began Monday, April 28th and went through Thursday, May 1st without concluding. The Administrative Law Judge has scheduled the parties to resume the trial on June 18, 2014. Thanks to all for your prayers and well wishes. I put this in the Lord’s hands a long time ago.

The Union and Company are scheduled to meet on May 30th for our Quarterly Meetings. If you have any comments or concerns you would like to see addressed at the meeting relay the information to one of the Union Committee Members. The members are: Ross McAuley, James Chapman, Charlie Jackson, Ronnie Killion, Rodney Deleon, Don Smith, Jerry Hicks, and Don Gray.

Until next time may God bless you, your family, our local union, organized labor, and the United States of America.

Bobby W. Reed


Posted on June 18, 2014 .