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Many of us are changing gears, as summer comes to a close and the fall season begins.  I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer.  Below are some of the issues I have been working on.


19HAN-001– Termination – Settled – termination changed to resignation and employee received lump sum payment


18COM-002– Termination – Employee terminated for 2 vehicle accidents – Withdrawn

19COM-001– Reimbursement due to unsafe working conditions – information requested

19COM-002– Contractors doing maintenance work no overtime offered – proceeding to step 2 of grievance procedure.

19COM-003– Technician called into work and not receiving 4 hour minimum compensation – proceeding to 2ndstep.

19COM-004– Termination – Employee terminated for unacceptable behavior in the workplace – Withdrawn at request of grievant.

The Comcast draft contract has been reviewed and will be submitted for printing after the signature page is completed by both sides.


DSTT/DST– The agreement creating the Distribution Service Technician Trainee/Distribution Service Technician (DSTT/DST) is signed. Please see your local Chief Steward, if you wish to see the agreement.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the Local Union office.

Facilities Management– An agreement was signed to supply FR clothing to the Systemwide HVAC Technician and the Systemwide Electrician.  Please see your local Chief Steward, if you wish to see the agreement.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the Local Union office.

Logistics– A discussion was held with the Company regarding the Tractor Trailer runs.  The Company is in the process of returning some of the tractor trailer runs, currently handled by a contractor, to Logistics.  In addition, a meeting was held regarding the Helper Material and Material Handler job classifications.  Additional discussions will be held regarding these 2 job classifications.

Storm Support Rosters– We’ve been made aware of the Company changing the process for the use of the BU storm support rosters.  A discussion was held with the Company regarding these rosters.  In attendance was Rusty Clausius, Mike Mannix and me.  Some of the discussion revolved around the Company changing the need to call for steno support in the storm room.  The Company has made the decision that steno support is optional.  Please be advised that the Union position is that if clerical work is being performed in the storm room, the clerical roster should be called.  If the storm room in your region is activated and clerical roster is not called this is a grievable issue.  Please see your local steward or chief steward to pursue this issue.

CCC– The initial meeting was held regarding the CCC progression lines.  There were many suggestions made with regards to work practices, procedures and contractor use. It was an open discussion and future meetings are in the process of being scheduled.

18LEH-015– Contractor performing BU work – the arbitration is scheduled for this grievance on 11/22/19.

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The Executive Board has appointed John J. Clausius as President/Financial Secretary. Due to John appointed as President/Financial Secretary opens a vacancy for Vice President. The Vice President vacancy per the IBEW Constitution Art. 16 Sec 16 shall be filled by the Executive Board until the next regular election. The Executive Board will be accepting resumes for the Vice President until May 3, 2024. Resumes can be sent to: IBEW Local 1600 Att: Executive Board 1259 Grange Road Allentown, PA 18106