Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thanks again for everyone that took the time to attend a unit meeting in January. On February 13, 2019, the negotiating committee and management at Fox 4 met to try and reach an agreement on a new contract. The Company continues to maintain the position of ‘take it or leave it’. Local 69 has filed an Unfair Labor Practice on the station for bad faith negotiations. There has been a grievance filed at the station regarding parental leave. There are union activities being planned and developed for the near future. Once we have scheduled a date to march around the building of Fox 4, we will need members to act like a Brotherhood and volunteer a couple of hours of their time to support our brothers and sisters at Fox 4. When we have a plan in place we will get the word out asking for your participation to march around Fox 4 in protest. We will continue to stand firm against the company’s ‘take it or leave it’ attitude.
Ross McAuley, Charlie Jackson and I are in Austin, Texas, as this article is being written, attending the Texas State Association of Electrical Workers. We are going to the Capital to lobby this afternoon. We will pass along to the membership any bills that will require our members to contact their elected representatives to support or kill a particular bill.
Work safe and stay in touch. Until next time may God bless you, your family, and IBEW Local 69.
Bobby W. Reed