June 2017 - Craftsman

Brothers and Sisters Happy 4th of July. Summer is here, the heat is on. Please remember you are the only one that knows when you need to take a break and cool off. Stay hydrated and do not get too hot, a heat stroke or heat exhaustion is a very serious matter. Congratulations to Jason Warford at the Waco Service Center and Freddie Rambo at the Odessa Service Center for receiving Distribution Operation Technician positions. Both of these men were Officers of the local union serving on the Executive Board. This means there are openings on the Executive Board of IBEW Local 69. There is an opening for each region on the Executive Board. The regions are Metro East (Director Tim Burk), Metro West (Director Paul Folger), and Southeast (Director Tony Flores). If you are interested in becoming an Officer of IBEW Local 69 by serving on the Executive Board for the remainder of this term that will expire in March 2020, please notify the local union office by email at ibewloc69@aol.com. The Executive Board meets the first Monday of each month by telephone conference.

 Our local union has grievances filed regarding non-bargaining unit office personnel performing bargaining unit work by troubleshooting the electric grid after storms. If you become aware of any office personnel performing storm evaluation after a storm notify the union office immediately with any evidence you may have. In the Company denial of the first grievance at the written step Mr. Folger wrote “As you are aware, using Damage Evaluators during storm restorations is a best practice recognized by the American Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC), and is in no way correlated to the number of Linemen employed by the Company. As you are also aware, the Company added 146 employees to the Linemen ranks last year alone. Over the last five years, the Company has hired 361 Linemen.” 

First of all, I am not aware that using office personnel to perform storm evaluation, normally performed by bargaining unit employees is a best practice recognized by the American Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC). Maybe the AEICS is unaware that in March 2017, a contractor for Oncor and two children lost their lives by electrocution from Oncor wires. Secondly, over the last five years, if the Company has hired 361 Linemen, they have lost 281 bargaining unit employees from the Distribution ranks during the same time frame. I am sure there are more employees that have left the service of the Company that we are not aware of.

Be very careful working after storms. I am getting reports that there are multiple people working on the same work orders and our guys are unaware that there is anybody else assigned to the order.

In July we will be conducting our unit meetings across the system. This is the unit meeting schedule.

July 5 – Wednesday – Salado – Holiday Inn Express – 5 pm

July 6 – Thursday – Athens – Holiday Inn – 5 pm

 

July 11 – Tuesday - Brownwood – Holiday Inn Express – 5 pm

July 12 – Wednesday – Snyder – Holiday Inn – 5 pm

July 13 – Thursday – Odessa – Elegante Hotel – 6:30 pm

 

July 18 – Tuesday – Wichita Falls – Oyster Bar – 5 pm

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

July 20 – Thursday – Lewisville – Select Inn – 5 pm

 

July 25 – Tuesday – Dallas – Union Hall – 5 pm

July 26 – Wednesday – Waco – Hampton Inn – 5 pm

July 27 – Thursday – Ft. Worth – Oyster Bar – 5 pm

 

I look forward to seeing everyone that can attend a unit meeting. Until next time may God bless you, your family, and our local union.

Posted on July 3, 2017 .

Craftsman - May 2017

 

Brothers and Sisters, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day Holiday. Memorial Day is an American Holiday observed on the last Monday of May. On Memorial Day Americans honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Thank God for all the military men and women that gave all to their country.  In 1961 the IBEW Local 69 contract had five (5) paid holidays. The holidays in the 1961 contract were New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas. IBEW Local 69 and the Company negotiated to add Memorial Day Holiday to the 1962 Labor Agreement. All Americans should enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday and take time to thank a veteran or any active military person for their service to our country.

Local 69 has a grievance filed with the Company in regards to office personnel performing bargaining unit work. The Company violated the contract when they utilized office personnel to troubleshoot the electrical grid in Fort Worth, Texas, after a storm on or about March 29, 2017. The grievance has been presented to the Company at the written step and the Union is waiting for their response. As a remedy, the Union respectfully requests that the Company make whole the Union and any and all bargaining unit employees affected, cease and desist from such acts in violation of the collective bargaining agreement, and publicly announce at meetings and in writing to all Oncor employees and the Public Utility Commission of Texas and notify the Union in writing that the Company is ceasing and desisting, that the act complained of was a violation of the contract, and that the act was dangerous and irresponsible. If you have any information regarding non-bargaining unit employees performing bargaining unit work please, notify our local union.

The Union is in the process of scheduling the second quarter meetings with the Company. If you have any concerns regarding safety, work practices, or any issues that needs to be addressed with management please relay your concerns to any of the Union Committee Members. The committee is as follows: Ross McAuley, James Chapman, Charlie Jackson, Rodney Deleon, Justin Snyder, Jeremy Smith, Don Gray, Don Scott, and Bobby Reed.

The saga of the sale of Oncor goes on with no end in sight. However, at the rate hearings in Austin, Texas, Oncor and Sharyland are in discussions regarding swapping some Transmission for Distribution. I will update you as I receive any information regarding a swap or sale of any Oncor property.

To all of Oncor Management that reads the IBEW Craftsman Article, on behalf of all represented employees at Oncor, have a happy Memorial Day holiday. Just remember the Unions are the folks that brought you the weekend. My brothers and sisters until next time may God bless you, your family, and our local union.

Posted on May 22, 2017 .