Craftsman Article - March 2017

Brothers and Sisters the 85th Legislature is in and not surprisingly the rights of Texas Unions are under attack. Bills to do away with prevailing wages, Project Labor Agreements, dues check-off, hiring freeze, pensions,  you name it, it has been filed. The Texas AFL-CIO will soon be asking for a call to action explaining the action and how you can participate with a phone call, email, Face Book post etc. etc. Let’s get involved IBEW Local 69 Members!

This March we had two (2) employees in the bargaining unit laid off at WFAA-TV. Mr. Rodney Kyle was one of the effected employees. Rodney wrote an email to our local union that I thought should be shared. “I want to offer my gratitude for the grievance offer but I have decided to take the severance pay and exit out the back door. This is my second experience with losing my job with a television station and I have seen enough. I will move forward and design a new life while I have good energy in my body.

It is amazing to me that Republican candidates and conservative media have convinced union members to vote against their own best interest to lower wages and eliminate jobs. There is a specific reason unions were created and if this present climate continues our children and grandchildren will suffer without earning decent wages and benefits.” Take care, Rodney Kyle.

On March 27th, the Union and Company had our first quarter meeting to discuss Safety, Staffing, and Health Benefits. Later that day we had a grievance meeting at Vice President - Keith Hull’s level. We will discuss both of these meetings at our upcoming unit meetings scheduled for the month of April.  You can go to our web site at and see the schedule for the unit meetings. I look forward to seeing everyone that can attend a meeting.

Tuesday – April 4 – Waco – 5 pm

Wednesday – April 5 – Salado – 5 pm

            Thursday – April 6 – Jacksonville – 5 pm


            Tuesday – April 11 – Brownwood – 5 pm

            Wednesday – April 12 – Snyder – 5 pm

            Thursday – April 13 – Odessa – 6:30 pm


            Tuesday – April 18 – Wichita Falls – 5 pm

            Wednesday – April 19 – Bonham – 5 pm

            Thursday – April 20 – Lewisville – 5 pm


            Tuesday – April 25 – Dallas – 5 pm

            Thursday – April 27 – Fort Worth – 5 pm


Until next time may God bless you, your family, and our Local Union. 

Posted on April 4, 2017 .