Oncor Worker Wrongly Axed For Texas Testimony, NLRB Says

By Jess Krochtengel (August 1, 2016, 8:06 PM EDT) -- 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.

A three-member panel found Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC violated sections 8(a)(3) and (1) of the National Labor Relations Act by firing Bobby Reed, who worked as a so-called "trouble man" — a first responder to partial or total outages. Reed was also a full-time business manager and financial secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local...

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