Mr. Thomas Farrell, CEO
In response to your communication sent out on April 29, 2013 stating; “Leadership will consider all options, examining whether there are more efficient ways to accomplish tasks, or even deciding if there are some things we will no longer do. I have begun by placing a restriction on new hires, both externally and internally.”, to cut cost, some of our members, your employees, Dominion’s Stockholders have ask me to share their thoughts with you and your leadership team;
- Cut the number of Directors on Dominion’s Board of Directors/=
- Stop handing out stock options and stock give away to top management and executives like it’s coming from a “Pez” dispenser.
- All compensation of all nonunion employees, including Board members, Directors and management should not exceed the average wage increase of all the union eligible employees. If the workers get 2%, \=p5 Dmanagement's total compensation should not exceed 2%
- Park the management ,perk vehicles, only management personnel that are on active call should drive vehicles home
- Quit buying management top of the line SUVs, purchase smaller, economic vehicles for commuting.
- Purchased natural gas fueled vehicles
- Train us to do our jobs, gives us the tools to do our jobs and hire the manpower to do our jobs. You’ve got us cut now to where we cannot get our work done. then you contact it out, it gets done half hazard and then we have to try and fix it. (hiring enough employee should also cut down on overtime costs) Be an expense in the front but pay off in the long run.
- Eliminate some of the layers of nonunion
- Stop the transfer of work from Clarksburg to Richmond at Transmission’s main office
- Shut down your Christmas party in Richmond for the big boys
- Show us what the executives are going to do, give up and sacrifice, instead of us bearing the burden
Charlie Rittenhouse, President
UWUA Local 69
Citizens’ Protest against Union Busting and Corporate Greed at FirstEnergy
Outside Waterfront Place Hotel
Two Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26501
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
7 AM – 8:30 AM
(FirstEnergy Shareholder Meeting Begins at 8 AM)
Join us for a protest against:
FirstEnergy attacks on working families
Proposed cutbacks in consumer services
As CEO pay schemes at ratepayer & shareholder expense
Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
West Virginia AFL-CIO
For more information contact: Charlie Rittenhouse ∙ 304.641.6852 ∙ UWUAInfo@uwua.net
December 21, 2012
Dear Union Sister or Brother;
On Thursday, December 20 at around 2:30pm, we concluded our negotiations towards a “Contract Replacement” to succeed our current Contract set to expire on April 1, 2012. We were successful in our deliberations and are happy to report that we did reach a tentative agreement and that the Local’s Executive Board recommends passage by the membership. Though not perfect, we feel that the tentative agreement is a good offer by the company and it is in the best interest of the membership to approve it. Reasons for this recommendation include those shared in a previous letter.
So what happens next? Enclosed in this packet you will find the terms of the replacement contract. On or about the week of January 7, 2013, weather permitting, we will schedule explanation/vote meetings in respective locations so that you may attend and vote accordingly. Please check the bulletin board at your work location for notification of these meetings. Notification will also be posted on our web site.
The Executive Board wishes to thank you for your patience and support and ask you to continue such as we prepare and vote on ratification. Should you have any questions please contact your Regional Director
President, UWUA Local 69, AFL-CIO
At our 2010 Representative Council we adopted the concept of Communicate-Educate-Participate (C-E-P). Our first Education Conference was held on January 19, 2011. Since our 2011 conference, we have appointed some new Stewards. On March 1, 2012, we held another Education Conference to educate the new Stewards. Bryan Ash, Kris Wagner, and Craig Bradford were the instructors and Eric Simmons provided the technical support. Each Steward in attendance actively participated and expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to gain knowledge.
Kris Wagner stated, "It is very rewarding to see new stewards who are so anxious to participate and gain knowledge"
Craig Bradford stated, "It energizes me to see the energy of the new stewards. We need to continue the process."
Bryan Ash thanked the new Stewards for attending and spoke about the importance of C-E-P.. Ash explained how they need to go back to their districts and hold meetings, educate the members, and encourage participation.
REBUILDING THE MEMBERS GROUP
Sisters and Brothers, I am in the process of rebuilding the members e-mail address list. If you want to have your personal e-mail address added to the group drop me an e-mail with your name and I’ll capture your address and place it in the group. You’ll receive a confirmation from me in a few days after I get it. I’ll use it for union oriented information, Local news and communications. I’m thinking of starting the Ps & Qs that I use to send out. We do not use company e-mail addresses due to monitoring. Keep in mind I DO NOT have a company e-mail address. Use: firstname.lastname@example.org Together, let’s open up the web!!
Charlie D. Rittenhouse
Natrium Extraction Plant to open UNION!
(NOTE: The original article posed on this site was found to have an error in it and was reported by a concerned member. We thank him for bringing it to our attention. Below you will find the corrected article.)
As a result of the natural gas production boom that is occurring in our area; Dominion Transmission has been rapidly expanding its infrastructure so that they can meet the needs of a rapidly expanding market. Currently, as part of this expansion, DTI is in the process of constructing a new extraction plant in Natrium West Virginia. The new Natrium Plant, will not replace the existing Hastings plant; but it will add too DTI's ability to fractionate and extract NGL liquids. The first phase of this project will be able to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, and will be able to fractionate 1.5 million gallons of natural gas liquids (NGL) per day. These liquids include propane, butane, and ISO-butane. The second phase of this project, will nearly double phase 1's capability.
After early discussion as to whether the new extraction plant would be operated by Local 69 employees, or by contractors; DTI and our Union agreed that it would be in the best interest of both parties that the new plant be operated by UNION employees. Once the plant is in full operation, there will be approximately 35 full-time Union positions. During these negotiations, the parties agreed that 5 extraction plant operators from Hastings would be able to bid to the new plant, this bidding restriction would be in place until December 31st 2012. Also, successful bidders to Plant jobs, hired between the date of this Agreement and the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement will not be permitted to bid out of the Plant payroll location until January 1, 2014. In exchange for the Union agreeing to these terms, the company agreed that there would be no job elimination as a result of employees biding to the new plant. Also, the company agreed to a change in casual bidding rights, see related article on casual bidding rights.
Hope Gas and Union Working on Safety
“A lot of times when supporting a contractual issue it’s necessary to look in the past at examples and practices. That’s not what the parties are doing when it comes to improving safety for our members and the public. We look at taking a proactive role.”, stated President Rittenhouse. The parties have been working hard over the last few months in trying to develop and implement a safety program that will belong to the employees. It hasn’t been an easy process, there have been and will be “bumps in the road”, but the focus needs to stay on safety. It’s hoped that, if approved by both parties, by early Spring we’ll be ready to roll out the concept and get the program started. Please keep in mind that for a program like this to be successful we all have to be working to participate so when it comes time to volunteer… step up!
Courage is the 99 %
November 25, 2011
Courage is sitting still, unable to breathe or see when the campus cops fill your face with a chemical weapon.
INVESTIGATION OF “UNION EMPLOYEES” ON RISE
DURATION OF SUSPENSION DURING INVESTIGATION…INDEFINITE
Since the first of the year we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of our union sisters and brothers that are being subjected to company investigations. Equally alarming is the fact that when initially notified of an investigation, we are being placed on indefinite suspension pending the outcome… without being informed what we are being investigated for. The average investigation is FORU WEEKS, with some running seven or eight weeks or longer. Keep in mind that during this time frame the employee is receiving no wages. “I find this pretty discouraging. Investigations begin almost immediately on union members, but they take their time on nonunion. Our members are immediately suspended indefinitely, but be it a management person…business as usual. vice president B. Ash stated. “Can’t think of a single incident where a supervisor has been suspended pending an investigation as a result of a union person placing a complaint.”, he added. In closing he brought up another good point; “When it comes to the nonunion – no evidence to substantiate the allegation.” BE CAREFUL OUT THERE AND WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT SAFETY!!
America’s Middle Class Crisis: The Sobering Facts
Two recessions, a couple of market crashes, and stubbornly high unemployment are all wreaking havoc on America's middle class.
In the accompanying interview, The Daily Ticker's Aaron Task discusses the state of the middle class with Sherle Schwenninger, director of economic growth and American strategy programs at the New America Foundation. Schwenninger's recent report "The American Middle Class Under Stress" has some stunning facts that highlight the struggles the average American is having getting a decent-paying job and keeping up with rising cost of living.
Here are just some of the sobering facts:
-- There are 8.5 million people receiving unemployment insurance and over 40 million receiving food stamps.
-- At the current pace of job creation, the economy won't return to full employment until 2018.
-- Middle-income jobs are disappearing from the economy. The share of middle-income jobs in the United States has fallen from 52% in 1980 to 42% in 2010.
-- Middle-income jobs have been replaced by low-income jobs, which now make up 41% of total employment.
-- 17 million Americans with college degrees are doing jobs that require less than the skill levels associated with a bachelor's degree.
-- Over the past year, nominal wages grew only 1.7% while all consumer prices, including food and energy, increased by 2.7%.
-- Wages and salaries have fallen from 60% of personal income in 1980 to 51% in 2010. Government transfers have risen from 11.7% of personal income in 1980 to 18.4% in 2010, a post-war high.
The bottom line is simple says Schwenninger: The middle class is shrinking, which threatens the social composition and stability of the world's biggest economy. "I worry that we're becoming a barbell society - a lot of money wealth and power at the top, increasing hollowness at the center, which I think provides the stability and the heart and soul of the society... and then too many people in fear of falling down
UWUA Health & Welfare Trust Fund Update
Reduction of Administrative Fees Leads to More Funds
The Trustees, after a thorough analysis of the Funds expenses, voted to reduce the administrative fee charged each account to 1.75% (from the previous amount of 2.0%) of all funds deposited into the participants accounts. "The Trustees sole focus is to financially manage the Trust in such a way as to assure it can continue to provide the expected services to the participants. We also must strive to have as much of the contractually mandated contributions deposited into the participant’s accounts. This change will provide the participants more funds to use to offset their medical expenses."
UWUA Health & Welfare Chair