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November 2021

November 18, 2021


Steve Kowolonek – President

Mike Hoffman – Vice President

David Loerich – Treasurer

DL Wallace – Secretary


Holly McLaughlin – Area A

Aaron Wright – Area A

Illyana Long – Area A

Lovell Knight – Area B

Victoria King – Area B

Jason King – Area B

The Meeting was called to order by President Kowolonek, via Zoom Platform (due to COVID-19.)

The Pledge of Allegiance occurred.

A moment of Silence was observed for deceased members of UWUA Local 600.

Roll call was taken by Treasurer Loerich.  All board members present.

A motion was made by Delegate McLaughlin to omit the reading of the minutes from October 28, 2021 and for all to review copy of minutes received via email draft for approval.  Second by Delegate Long.  Motion passed.  Approved.   A copy of Minutes will be posted on the Local 600 website.

The financial Report was given by Treasurer Loerich.  A motion was made by Delegate Jason King to except the reading of the financial report by Treasurer Loerich.  Second by Delegate Victoria King.  Motion passed. Approved.  Copy of the Financial Report is on file at Local 600 office.

Communications – President Kowolonek – None

Unfinished Business – President Kowolonek

  • Control Technician new job description – no current updates, still working out details.
  • Transmission Design Technician job posted – (was the former C & D Technician position.)
  • Customer Connect – Requested meeting with management awaiting update.
  • Grievance # 446 – Time Keeping (MY Time) 3rd step scheduled with management 30 November 2021, (President Kowolonek, Vice-President Hoffman and Secretary Wallace to attend.)
  • Union informed complaint – email update.
  • Federal Contractor Status – Information request present to company regarding this status.  No response received.
  • OHSA ETS – US Courts have placed on hold.  Duke Energy will not implement without direct governmental orders.  If US courts mandate, membership will need to follow Duke-Energy policy regarding… However, UWUA Local 600 would bargain regarding membership regarding certain areas of any mandate. (letter has been sent to management that UWUA Local 600 would plan to bargain if mandate implemented.) Discussion – Delegate -Wright – file for exemption before January 4, 2022.  CDC guidelines show rates of COVID infections have increased, (why are employees being asked to return to work?)  Delegate McLaughlin – who mandates the 50 % rate for return to work?
  • Women’s Caucus Event – Event held with Reset Ministries at two (2) Sober House locations were a great success.  UWUA Local 600 would like to thank all who participated.  Provided 15 volunteers to assist with painting for those living in these homes in Newport Kentucky.  Additional project will be planned.
  • Communication emailed to company regarding who is performing work that currently is being done by UWUA now and in the future.  (example: Transmission Design who is currently doing this work.)  Begin to think about other UWUA positions that can be discussed with the company.

Treasurer Loerich – review possible vacant positions or soon to be vacant in future (what are job qualifications, can training be provided to get those in membership prepared for those positions, information on educational requirements and experience.) 

Delegate Victoria King – Can those in membership complete SASS testing prior to position being posted?

  • 2022 Per Capita Increase – Discussion – Notification received from UWUA National Board of increase of $2.48 monthly for membership.  Discussion.  Board approved.
  • Treasure Loerich – issue regarding merit pay increases within Meter Reading.  Vice President Hoffman is aware and Labor Relations as well
  • Delegate Wright – Discussion – Regarding UWUA Local 600 and Christmas Family Donations for 2021.  President Kowolonek will reach out to membership volunteers from 2020 – Christy Knobloch and Rep – Carmelita Perez to see if they would till participate to make donations and selections for one (1) Kentucky Family and one (1) Ohio Family.   Discussion.  A motion was made and passed to provided Five-Hundred Dollars to each family selected (one (1) in both Kentucky and Ohio.)  Delegate Wright also made a motion to provide Five-Hundred Dollars ($500.00) to Reset Ministries to purchase food for the Sober Houses in Newport Kentucky.  Motion second by Delegate Knight.  Motion Passed.   Secretary Wallace – informed the board that another group in Ohio is also planning to put together laundry baskets for the Sober House participants 12 – women and 7-men filled with personal care & laundry items.  Assistance will be needed from UWUA Local 600 to have items delivered.  Will update for date.

Delegate Wright made a motion to adjourn.  Second by Delegate Knight.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned.