December 2018 - Article

Brothers and Sisters I would like to wish all IBEW Members and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope everyone made it through Thanksgiving without gaining to many pounds and was able to spend time with their families. Welcome back to all Oncor employees that went to California to work during the Thanksgiving Holidays and after. It’s always good when everyone comes home safely. The trip to California should have been a money maker for all that went. Your labor contract allowed us to receive the higher wage rates out West.

Our brothers and sisters at Fox 4 continue to wait for management to get their vacation over with so we can continue negotiations on the labor contract. The station has delayed negotiations and was unwilling to meet in the last two months. Our members are not willing to relinquish the jurisdictional language in the contract that protects union jobs at the station. The station has said “if you want to keep your jurisdiction we will keep our money”. There is a lot of work to be done at Fox with possible charges to be filed at the NLRB. Corporate greed is alive and well.

We have our quarterly meetings scheduled for January 2019. The schedule for the meetings is as follows;

Wednesday – January 2 – Round Rock – 5 pm – Long Branch Saloon – 107 W Main St.

Thursday – January 3 – Tyler – 5 pm – Garage Bar – 418 E Erwin St.

 

Tuesday – January 8 – Odessa – 6:30 pm – Elegante Hotel

Wednesday – January 9 – Brownwood – 5 pm – Buffalo Wild Wing - 511 W Commerce St

Thursday – January 10 – Strawn – 5 pm – Mary’s Café - 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX 76463

 

Tuesday – January 15 – Wichita Falls – 5 pm – Oyster Bar – 4214 Kell Blvd.

Wednesday – January 16 – Lufkin – 5 pm – TBD

Thursday – January 17 – Dennison – 5 pm –TBD

 

Tuesday – January 22 – Dallas – 5 pm – 1408 N Washington Suite 210

Wednesday – January 23 – Waco – 5 pm – George’s  - 1925 Speight Ave.

Thursday – January 24 – Fort Worth – 5 pm – Oyster Bar – 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd.

 

Remember Jesus is the reason for the season. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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

 

Posted on December 31, 2018 .

November 2018 - Article

Brothers and Sisters we have put another Thanksgiving Holiday behind us. I hope everyone enjoyed time with their family and had plenty to eat.

At Fox 4 our members are experiencing Corporate Greed at its best. The Company continues to maintain the position that the workers will not receive a pay increase unless we forfeit our jurisdictional language in the contract that protects our jobs. The General Manager at the station has taken a vacation to California to remodel on her additional house and play golf, has taken a vacation to Europe, and now we are not scheduled to meet and negotiate until after the first of the year because of sweeps and the holidays or vacations or any other excuse not to get a deal. The Union will continue to look for ways to reach a deal without giving our jobs away. If you have any ideas that will advance our cause please contact one of the members on the Negotiating Committee.

Oncor has sent Linemen to California to work after the devastating fires. There have been many discussions on out of town work and how the Company has taken advantage of the workers by paying straight time while they are receiving premium pay from the host Company.  Corporate greed is not just at Fox 4. The Linemen at PG&E make $58.13 an hour so it makes this trip a no brainer. The Union leaders and the members will continue to discuss out of town work and how we should be paid and accommodations when working out of town. Oncor sent non-union contractors to California to work. However, the contractors turned around and came back before arriving in California. California is a Labor friendly state that protects their workers and puts people before profits. The Union is in the process of printing the contract with the new wage rates for all classifications. Hopefully, we will have the new contract books available at our January meetings. We will have a schedule of the January meetings in next month’s Craftsman Article.

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

Posted on December 17, 2018 .