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Business Mangers Report

Brothers and Sister – As many of you know we have lost to many members to discharge over violations of work rules related to theft of company property, theft of time and alleged violations of workplace violence. I arranged training for our stewards and officers back in August through our National that is called member to member outreach. They will be making their way out to the entire membership in an effort to reach every member, reinforcing support for the issues that are costing our brothers and sisters their jobs.
At a recent meeting it was reported from management, the reported 511 class 2 leak count in July of 2015 is now down to 71 and should be below 50 by years end with the extremely hard work of our distribution brothers and sisters taking on the work load. Great job! Our newest members in the call center are currently awaiting their first ever opportunity to receive their shift assignments and start times based on seniority not favoritism that was the standard until an overwhelming vote to become Local 18007 members. Reports from our call center management team are extremely encouraging with customer satisfaction numbers crushing the outsourced call center nonunion reps that still take a portion of our calls in the South. The path our call center is on should help to put our Sisters and Brothers in a top quartile for call centers nationwide as we work toward that goal of proving when given an opportunity Local 18007 can, and always will step up to the challenge.
I had meetings at the Pentagon on Thursday last week with the Assistant Secretary of Labor, and Senior Policy Director of training and readiness for Department of Defense, as well as special assistant to the joint Chiefs of Staff to secure our funding for our veteran’s program that has placed over 250 members into our membership as Local 18007 members keeping our numbers growing and taking back work from the contractors. As part of national veterans in energy leadership summit in D.C last Friday we also gained more National attention on our program here in Chicago by being recognized as a best practice model for employers all over the country to follow. We now have funding through 3rd quarter 2017 for 75 more veterans to add to our membership. We have 2 cohorts still in school now with a graduation of cohort 13 in November. Cohort 14 early spring 2017 and we are actively recruiting for cohort 15 with a January 2015 start date.
I currently have PPP workers comp case in the process of panel strikes for arbitration.
I currently have contractors outsourced cutoff work in the process of panel strikes for arbitration.
We have several grievances pending for discipline issued for leaving vehicles running at North shop, the company has not accepted the explanation that the computers shut off when the truck is turned off. I would suggest to all! abide by the company policy and turn your vehicle off when unattended and spend the time needed to restart and reboot your computer so you can see your jobs. If this takes an additional 30-45 minutes’ document your time in your diary. The policy is for you to not leave the shop without your work visible on your computer so be it!
I recently with our attorney’s submitted my direct testimony for Docket 16-0376. The hearings are scheduled for 2 days on Novemebr1,2. We hope the issues of contractors, staffing and safety remain on the company’s labor business Agenda. In my testimony I called attention to 2 separate issues that we were able to accomplish with the opportunity do the work. Both are mentioned above.
I have also sent an email out to all stewards and officers reminding all of the contractor incident forms that are available. We have had great response to photos and narratives sent to the office in regard to contractors and their shoddy work. Please fill out the form that your officers and stewards have for you. Remember it is anonymous. As we are fast approaching contract preparation time we are staying in touch with our sister locals in Wisconsin who are battling changes to active medical, retiree medical and contractor language just to name a few. We are preparing for the same issues as contract time nears.
By now everyone should have received new open enrollment packages for 2017 medical, I urge you to take a look at monthly premiums. Due to hard fought negotiations in 2013 we retained our choice of PPO and it has resulted in a small decrease in monthly premiums. I also remind all that the blackout window is now over for the move from Wells Fargo to fidelity. I strongly urge everyone please make sure you do a screenshot of what your balance was on September 13th 2016 at Wells Fargo and make sure that exact amount balance is now in your fidelity account. With next May’s raise we continue to enjoy economic wages that are among the best in the country for utility companies of our peers.
I am working diligently to move our project workers to full time positions with several meetings that have been held with the company and are awaiting the company’s response.
We have negotiated numerous promotions that will start occurring shortly, from Crew Leaders, welders, carpenters and SSS#1. Utility workers are eligible for any of the promotions if applicable.
We also ask to see your united way reps that will be out at the shops and if you are in a position to help those in our communities who can use some help please consider helping.
As fall is upon us please make sure you work safe, take the time needed to take all of your safety precautions that come with wet surfaces, street traffic and the dangerous work you do every day as a professional utility worker. Remember No contractor has a vested interest in our customers like we do!

Fraternally
Richard Passarelli
Business Manager
Local 18007

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