Craftsman - September 2017

Brothers and Sisters,

IBEW Local 69 will be canceling the Unit Meetings scheduled for October. The only Unit Meeting we will have in October is the Dallas meeting scheduled for October 24th. The IBEW Constitution requires each local union to have at least one meeting per month. The reason for the meetings being cancelled is we will be conducting a contract ratification vote during the month of October.

The Company has offered a one year contract extension with a three percent (3%) wage increase for eligible classifications that we will be voting on.

The first vote is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 27th, at the Farmers Branch Service Center. The EDOC Troublemen will vote from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Farmers Branch, Lake Dallas, Dallas Northeast, and Dallas North Service Centers will vote from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

The Union is working on completing a schedule that will allow all members to vote on the Company offer. When the schedule is complete the union office will email the schedule to everyone we have an email address for and it will also be on our web-site. Please make arrangements to attend a meeting and cast your ballot. All bargaining unit employees should be allowed an opportunity to attend a meeting. If you are not allowed to attend a meeting please contact me as soon as possible.

The following paragraph was written to you in the Union Craftsman dated September 2016 after President, Ross McAuley and I went to the IBEW Convention:

Ross and I were able to make contact with Florida Power & Light employees and their Business Manager. We were able to talk shop and discuss the work place possibilities once NextEra buys Oncor. The employees at FP&L stated the relationship between Management and the Union has never been better. Monday, September 19th the bankruptcy court in Delaware gave its blessing for EFH and NextEra to go forward with the sale. The next step will be the approval of the sale at the Texas Public Utility Commission. IBEW Local 69 will be involved in that process at the TPUC. I would like to relay the information regarding how the crews are set up at FP&L and other working conditions however; we can discuss this at our unit meetings scheduled for October. 

I shared what was written in the September 2016 Craftsman to show how fluid and complex the sale of Oncor Electric Delivery has been and continues to be. People have contacted our local regarding the sale of Oncor to Sempra. IBEW Local Union 69 is very hesitant at this point to make any comments or commitments to anyone regarding the sale of Oncor. EFH and the regulators have shown that it does not matter if Oncor gets sold to a buyer that has the best interest of the customers and employees. It seems it’s all about getting the most money for the investors. Stay buckled up the ride is not over.

The Union and Company has a grievance meeting scheduled for October 6th. Grievances to be heard include office personnel performing bargaining unit work and DOT’s performing bargaining unit overtime. If you have not spoken to a Crew Supervisor or DOT at your service center regarding joining the union, please take an opportunity to do so. Inform them to go to our web site at www.ibewlocal69.com and fill out the Representation Form. The form is completely anonymous and does not make them a union member. We need a majority of each classification to sign the forms in order to have a vote for each classification to become IBEW Members. Strength is in numbers.

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

Posted on October 3, 2017 .

Craftsman Article August 2017

 Brothers and Sisters as I write this article, school began for most kids in Texas. There is an eclipse taking place and Oncor has another potential buyer. What a summer this has been! I will get back to Oncor in a minute.

Our brothers and sisters at WFAA-TV have just ratified a wage increase of 1.5% that went into effect on August 21, 2017. Also, an additional .50% of the unit base weekly payroll, computed as of August 21, 2017, will be distributed as a performance increase to members of the bargaining unit at management’s discretion.

Management at Oncor has offered a labor agreement extension for bargaining unit employees. The Company has offered a one year contract extension with a three percent (3%) wage increase for eligible classifications. The ineligible classifications are the employees the Company calls “Legacy Employees” like Equipment Operators. The Company has also offered a two (2) year contract extension with a three percent (3%) wage increase for each year extending the contract to October 25, 2019. The members discussed which option to accept at the unit meetings held in July. If you were unable to attend a unit meeting in July and would like to express your desire to have a one year contract extension or a two (2) year contract extension, discuss the matter with your steward, email the Local Union, give me a call, or all of the above.

Today, Oncor was scheduled to meet in bankruptcy court in Delaware. As you know by now Berkshire Hathaway was blindsided in the eleventh hour and San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced today (the day of the eclipse) that it has a deal worth about $18.8 billion to purchase Oncor. The proposed merger would need the sign-off of the Delaware Judge overseeing Energy Future Holdings’ bankruptcy, along with the approvals from the Public Utility Commission of Texas and federal regulators.

Sempra Energy announced under their deal Oncor would stay in Dallas under local management and keep its independent board of directors. If Sempra Energy closes the deal, Bob Shapard, Oncor’s CEO, would become executive chairman of Oncor’s board of directors. Allen Nye, currently Oncor’s general counsel, would be named the utility’s CEO, according to a press release. Sempra Energy said it would commit $7.5 billion over five (5) years to expand Oncor’s transmission and distribution network. I hope that means hiring a lot more Linemen!

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

Posted on September 6, 2017 .