by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions, Updated August 2, 2016
In the original story from 2015, I indicated that Oncor was in the process of appealing the ALJ decision. Based upon a Decision and Order dated July 29, 2016, Oncor lost its appeal to a 3-member panel of the NLRB.
“We … find that Reed’s senate testimony concerning smart meters and meter bases heating up and burning more frequently related to (and was spurred by) an ongoing and legitimate concern of the Union about the safety of represented bargaining unit employees working with the meters, particularly given the hazard of electrical arcs. It is not disputed that safety of the new devices to workers was one of the reasons the Union’s attorney informed Reed of the upcoming senate hearing. …
… it is not disputed that during deployment of smart meters, troublemen reported an increase in reported incidents of burned up meter bases because of installation issues, including those resulting from the narrower blades of the smart meters not fitting as well into the meter bases. …
The Board has considered the decision and the record in light of the exceptions and briefs and has decided to affirm the judge’s rulings, findings, and conclusions …”
NLRB July 2016 Decision and Order
Oncor Worker Wrongly Axed For Texas Testimony, NLRB Says
“Law360, Dallas (August 1, 2016, 8:06 PM ET) — Texas utility Oncor must rehire and pay back-salary to a former employee and union member who had testified before state lawmakers about potential safety hazards of advanced utility meters, because that testimony was protected union activity, the National Labor Relations Board held Friday.”
More at: http://www.law360.com/articles/823590/oncor-worker-wrongly-axed-for-texas-testimony-nlrb-says
Original Story at this Website
In November 2014, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision for a case involving Oncor Electric Delivery Company, L.L.C. of Dallas, Texas.
This case involves an Oncor employee who was discharged (including layoff and refusal to hire) for allegedly making untruthful remarks about smart meters causing fires or damage to customers’ homes.
The ALJ decision concluded that Oncor had engaged in unfair labor practices. Oncor was ordered to reinstate the discharged employee and “make him whole for any loss of earnings and other benefits that he suffered as a result of his unlawful discharge.” Oncor is currently in the process of appealing the ALJ decision.