Dear Brothers & Sisters:
Attached is the latest Installment of the monthly newsletter that has been initiated to keep members informed about the new presidential administration. Please read and circulate it to the general membership. Every day, President Biden recognizes the primacy of American workers, collective bargaining rights and the labor movement. Whether he is expressing his support for a historic organizing campaign or appointing union members as key personnel in his administration, never before has a president been so public in their support of the values that the IBEW holds dear.
JUNE 4, 1983 – FEBRUARY 10, 2021
Andrew Michael Akers McFalls
Our courageous Andy peacefully departed this life at home on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 after an almost year-long battle with colorectal cancer.
Andy was born on June 4, 1983 in Abilene Texas on Dyess Air Force Base to Barbara J. Miller McFalls and grew up with his older brother, Robert, and younger brother, Matthew. The family relocated to Kingston, TN in 1985. Growing up, Andy participated in numerous sports, his school band, and cross country. Andy attended school at Roane State Community College and East Tennessee State University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Social Science in Marketing and Advertising. While in college, he participated in theater and show choir, through which he was given the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.
In 2006, Andy began a 14-year career at Tennessee Valley Authority as an Assistant Unit Operator and Unit Operator at the Bull Run Fossil Plant. In early 2020, he began a training program at the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Soddy Daisy, TN. Andy’s co-workers described him as a genuine and caring master of his craft, who was always ready with a joke and willing to help anyone at a moment’s notice. When Andrew was working no one left the control room without a smile on their face.
In 2007, Andy met his future wife, Katie, while she was studying at the University of Tennessee. They were married in October 2011. Andy and Katie made their home in Knoxville, TN and raised their two daughters, Lillian and Clara. We will be forever grateful to Katie for the patience, love, and support that she gave Andy during their marriage, especially during the last year of his life.
In his spare time, Andy enjoyed playing guitar, biking, listening to music, traveling, as well as making new friends and catching up with old ones. For those that knew Andy, even for a little while, it did not go unnoticed that he was the real deal, a one-of-a-kind guy with a great sense of humor, a tender heart, and an openness to life that touched everyone.
Andy will be missed everyday by his family, friends, and co-workers. As his Uncle Paul reminds us, “when we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” Those missing Andy greatly include his wife Katie, daughters Lily and Clara, grandmother Mary Miller, mother Barb McFalls, brothers Bobby (Amanda) and Matt McFalls, uncle Paul Miller (Mei), mother and father-in-law Louise and John Stevenson, sister and brother-in-law Rachel McKinney (Travis) and Ross Stevenson (Lauren Grace), his nieces and nephews, Noah, Layla, Izzy, Cruz, Hunter, and Charlotte McFalls, Hazel and Beatrice McKinney, Henry and Charlotte Stevenson, and the entire McFalls, Miller, Clark, Rhodes, Stevenson, and Maury families, who are too many to list separately.
Andy was greeted in heaven by his Mamaw Christine McFalls, Grandpa Paul Miller, Grandparents-in-law Frances Maury and Arthur and Verna Stevenson, along with a dear friend, Steve Williamson.
The McFalls family is eternally grateful for the love and support given to Andy throughout his life and especially in this past year. We would especially like to thank his coworkers and staff at TVA Bull Run and Sequoyah, Dr. Ibach and the staff at Tennessee Cancer Specialists, Avalon Hospice, and all the friends, family, and neighbors whose care and unwavering support surrounded our family in love during this difficult year.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A drop-in Celebration of Life will be held for all who wish to attend at the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 between2pm and 4pm. Please come and share your memories and stories of Andy with us. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.
The Local Union Meeting for IBEW LU 365 will be held inside of Local Union Hall 760 Tuesday at 7:00 PM ! Mask are required be sure and bring a mask to wear at the meeting !!!!
As you know the political season is in high gear. As usual we have been released and are reaching out to IBEW members to share information gathered by our International concerning candidate positions on our issues. Attached you will find information to be used in mailing to all registered voting IBEW members. The first attachment which is info concerning comments and positions of candidate Joe Biden on our industries issues. These are for members to review and research for themselves. The others are letters to members of each branch of the IBEW tailored more to their specific industry. Currently they are signed by the Tenth District Political Team. We ask that you review the letter tailored to your branch to see if there is anything to be added to more effectively reach our members. Also, please print and sign the letters on your Local’s letterhead.
10th District, IBEW
Nominations where on September 1st 2020 7:00 PM.
All offices where filled and unopposed and their will be no ballots sent out and no election needed in October 6th 2020.
President: Jeff Daniel
VP: Paul Proffitt
Recording Sec. : Tim Lawson
Financial Sec. : JR Cox
Treasure: Roger Mustard ll
President :Sean Cash
Alternate for eboard :
Delegates for IEC 2021 :
Sean Cash, Jeff Daniel
Alternate : Toni Morrissette
All terms will end in July 2023.
TVA SCHEDULE OF TRADES AND LABOR CLASSES AND RATES OF PAY
SCHEDULE B. REGULAR MAINTENANCE WORK AND
MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING WORK
NEGOTIATED EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 23, 2019
Please see the attached information pertaining to the Alexander-Grassley White Paper legislation coming out of the U.S. Senate. Many of you have been on the conference calls leading up to this email, I will be contacting each of you via phone to discuss further in depth the plan-of-action moving forward.
We are all aware that the Butch-Lewis Act was passed by the House and has been sitting on Mitch McConnel’s desk since July, a bipartisan bill that would help in fixing the plans in jeopardy and leave plans such as ours alone. This Alexander-Grassley plan from the Senate is simply aimed at breaking the Unions and a way for them to get their greedy hands on OUR money.
Here is a link to President Stephenson’s video on the IBEW.org website, please post it on your website and social media page.
State Political Coordinator – Tennessee
Please see the following Documents pertaining to Pension Reform Legislation.