Craftsman Article February 2018

Welcome back to all the brothers that went to Puerto Rico to restore power. I was very pleased to hear there were no injuries and everyone returned in good health. I pray the second wave of IBEW Local 69 members going to Puerto Rico to work returns healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Last year, IBEW Representatives were trying to schedule steward training for all interested IBEW members that could attend a meeting at Local 20’s Hall.  They are located at 680 West Tarrant Road in Grand Prairie. The person conducting the training had medical issues and the training was put on hold. It looks as if the steward training has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 28th at 9:00 am. I will relay any information we receive on the training the closer we get to the date. If you are interested in the steward training scheduled for April 28th please email the office so I can send a head count to the International Representative.

This year Fox 4, WFAA-TV, and Oncor are up for contract negotiations. If you have any ideas or areas of concern regarding contract negotiations please contact your shop steward so we can address those issues at the negotiating table. If Oncor has not been sold and remains in bankruptcy proceedings, we will probably be looking at another contract extension. I have no new information regarding the sale of Oncor, if you do let me hear it.

We have an arbitrator selected for the grievance regarding Oncor using office personnel to perform bargaining unit work. If you have any instances or evidence of office personnel working in the field to restore power after a weather event please email what you have to the union hall so we can discuss the event.

Work safe and stay in touch. Until next time may God bless you, your family, and IBEW Local 69.


Bobby W. Reed

Posted on March 7, 2018 .