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Saturday, 27 August 2016 16:17

August 26, 2016

Brothers and Sisters,

System Council U8 and The Company reached an agreement today on a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide Reverse Seniority Severance opportunities for certain classifications being downsized within the Production Department. We also reached an agreement on a Memorandum of Agreement that will provide Apprentice Operator opportunities for Journeymen impacted by the downsizing.

Despite these agreements, today is not a joyous day of celebration for members of IBEW Local 433. As you all are well aware, we provide labor for The Company; this is all we do. When our members are told that their labor is no longer wanted or needed, we have nothing else to offer. We’ve seen this several times in the recent past as The Company has made decisions to close plants or reduce staffing due to technological advances. These scenarios are understandable and in some ways justifiable. Our members have prepared for the closing of plants for years and braced for the inevitable closing of coal plants on the very near horizon.

We’ve heard stories about coal plants being insignificant, inefficient and no longer economical to maintain and operate. We’ve been told about our work no longer being important or a priority to The Company. We’ve heard about changes in our industry and how we must cut jobs across the board to get more in line with the enterprise. We’ve learned new terms like “shared pain” and “outlier”.

Brothers and sisters, these things are not the reason we are losing 105 Bargaining Unit jobs.  Our jobs are being eliminated for 1 reason: greed. Pure 100% Corporate greed. When a Corporation doesn’t make its earnings per share target, the CEO and executives don’t make the compensation that they expect or believe they are entitled to. When that happens, labor gets cut. Brothers and sisters, we are losing 105 Bargaining Unit jobs because of things that happened in other states, and how that impacted executive compensation and bonuses. We were blamed and are taking the brunt of the “shared pain” because we were called an “outlier”. This is nothing more than a convenient term to describe a site that doesn’t fit the “enterprise” cookie cutter mold. We are an outlier, not because we have (9) miles of conveyor belt, not because we have coal delivered a mile from the base load units, not because our coal yard is bigger than any other in the “enterprise”. No brothers and sisters, we are an outlier because we have 150 more people working on our site than any other coal site in The Company.

The truth is, we are an outlier. After all, we lead the “enterprise” in every measurable statistic, despite our challenges. And the work isn’t going away. It’s just being re-allocated away from the Bargaining Unit. It’s no coincidence that as the Bargaining Unit continues to shrink, the Outage Group and contractors on our site continue to multiply.  Inevitably, we are left with no choice but to do more with less or give up our work.

No brothers and sisters, this is not a joyous day for the Union, despite what you may be told. These documents are simply an attempt by System Council U8 to mitigate the devastating impact on the lives of our members and their families. These documents do not signify the end of anything.…buckle your chin-straps this is only the beginning.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 August 2016 16:30
 
September Union Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 16:41

Brothers and Sisters,

Please be aware that, as a result of Labor Day falling on the first Monday of September, our Union Meeting will take place on Monday, September 12, 2016. Thank you.

 
Fallen Brother PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Howard   
Sunday, 05 June 2016 10:45

Brothers and Sisters,

 

The following article has been borrowed from The West Volusia Beacon.

 

CRYSTAL RIVER — Ray C. Kruger, 69, a former resident of DeLand, passed away June 1, 2016. A funeral service was scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal River. Visitation for family and friends is noon until service time. Burial with military honors was scheduled to follow at Dunnellon Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Kruger was born May 24, 1947, in Rochester, Minnesota, and came here 22 years ago from DeLand.

He was Methodist.

Mr. Kruger retired as a coal-plant operator and mechanic for Florida Power, Progress Energy, and Duke Energy, after 43 years of service.

He was vice president and a delegate to the System Council U-8 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1491 while working at the Turner Plant in Enterprise.

Mr. Kruger held the positions of vice president, union steward, and chief of the executive board while working at the Crystal River Plant.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War 1965-68, stationed in Korea.

Ray was a man of his word and stood by his principles.

He loved visiting with friends, and having good conversation.

Ray had an intense appreciation for nature, and he enjoyed digging in the dirt out on his prairie, tending to growing his sago palms.

He was a master mechanic, and worked on small engines and vehicle repairs.

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Howard Kruger, his wife, Pamela Kruger, and his son Shelby Kruger. He is survived by his son Brant Kruger of DeBary; his mother, Mildred Kruger of Rochester; brothers Roy Kruger (Nancy) of Byron, Minnesota, and Randy Kruger (Heather) of Rochester; a sister, Marilyn Messmer of Rochester; his granddaughter, Sedona Kruger; his loving companion, Marian Nosal of Crystal River; and his beloved pet cat “Mr. Big.”

Strickland Funeral Home of Crystal River was in charge.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 June 2016 11:02
 
Union Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Howard   
Monday, 27 June 2016 19:00

Brothers and Sisters,

Because the first Monday in July falls on the 4th this year, our union meeting will be held on Monday July 11th. As always, we will be at the Crystal River Women's Club and convening at 7:00 pm. Please make plans to attend. Thank you.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 19:06
 
CCCS Training MOU PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 13:25

Brothers and Sisters,

Please be aware that we have completed and signed an MOU that will provide training for the brothers and sisters selected for the Citrus Combined Cycle positions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 14:13
 
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