Brothers and Sisters the temperatures are finally giving us a break here in Texas. This Summer was brutally hot but, never fret Fall has arrived.
The Union and Fox 4/KDFW-TV met on September 20th, to attempt to negotiate a contract settlement. Unfortunately, the parties were unable to reach an agreement. The Union has been and continues to be very reasonable. The Company wants to strip the employees of their job protections by removing Jurisdictional language from the contract that would allow anyone to perform their work. The Union Committee voiced the workers concerns regarding job safety. This September a man drove a truck into the station backed up and drove into the building again. There was an unfortunate Tweet from KDFW/Fox 4.
Then Committee member Gnann wrote; Thursday’s unfortunate Tweet has now placed a very real target on us nationwide. The protesters last night were protesting FOX4 because of our coverage.
Please exercise the greatest caution in and around the station and on assignments. Leave assignments that are not safe and decline assignments that are high risk especially when you are alone. You were provided a laminated crew safety card, follow those guidelines. Crews that are appearing live repeatedly in the same location should especially be alert. We all want to do our jobs but given our current standing in the public a much higher level of caution is appropriate. If the Management is unwilling to provide us with security, they should not expect us to risk our lives for coverage. For them it’s a money issue. Your life and limb is more valuable than money.
The Union Committee has been very reasonable trying to negotiate a contract at FOX4.
The officers of Local 69 are working on a schedule for IBEW members at Oncor Electric Delivery to vote on a one (1) year contract extension with a three percent (3%) wage increase. When the schedule is complete the Union office will email the schedule to members we have good email addresses for. Please share the schedule with your crew members. Once you know the date and time of the meeting in your area ask your Supervisor if he is aware that there is a meeting that has been approved by HR and it is imperative you attend. If there are members that are not being released to attend the vote that is scheduled for your area please call or text me immediately so I can notify an HR Representative.
Until next time may God bless you, your family, our local union, and the United States of America.
Bobby W. Reed