IBEW Local 626

IBEW Local 626 represents the bargaining unit members who work for Duke Energy in the south central region of Florida.

VOTE Tomorrow 1/24/20

Voting is tomorrow 1/24/20 - Remember you must be registered to vote.  Go to www.ibewscu8.org to register.
If you are not registered by close of business on 1/23/20 you will not be voting on 1/24/20.
2019 Negotiations wrapping up soon!

Make sure you are signed up at the IBEW SCU8 Website for details.  
2019 Negotiations Commence Today - 9/25/19

We will be exchanging proposals with the Company this afternoon.  Look for a list of the final Union proposals as well as the Company proposals on the System Council U8 site.  

You MUST register on this website to gain access to the proposal link. 

Also, we are tentatively exploring using electronic voting through the SCU8 website.  You will need to register to vote.  More to follow on that.

2019 Negotiations
The Main Contract expires on 12/2/19.  Negotiations will commence with Duke on 10/7/19.  Proposals will be exchanged on 9/24/19.  Local 626 will be screening our proposals at the August meeting on 8/12/19.  Please attend so that you can be part of the process.  The proposal form is below.  Proposals can be given to the stewards or emailed to contractproposals@ibew626.org for screening.
Updates during negotiations will come from the IBEW SCU8 website.  Sign up for the news releases at the IBEW SCU8 website which will happen periodically during negotiations.
AFLAC Enrollment Information
HERE at 1‐877‐464‐4615
HERE at 1‐877‐464‐4615
Enroll now at 1-352-239-7868.  The IBEW has a discounted rate only for members.  


A former brother of ours has passed away.  He was a long time member of Local 626 before health issues caused him to take another position.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.


John P. Crosby of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at his residence.

He was born March 5, 1968 in Myrtle Beach, SC and has been a lifelong resident of Lake Wales. He was a Sr Transmission Oversight Specialist for Duke Energy and member of the Namesake Apostolic Church in Lake Wales. John enjoyed spending time with his family, driving his Jeep, fishing, watching football and Nascar.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Debbie Woods Crosby; sons, Samuel “Clay” Crosby of Lake Wales and Eli Crosby of Lake Wales; father, Griffin G. “Junior” Crosby and wife, Vickie of Lake Wales; mother, Darla Musloe and husband, Richard of Lake Wales; grandmother, Margaret Crosby of Lake Wales; and brother, Griffin G. “Nick” Crosby, III of Lake Wales.

Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Namesake Apostolic Church in Lake Wales with Pastor Stephen Reed officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice (105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823) or Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Sarcoma Research, P.O. Box 016960 (M-867), Miami, FL 33101). Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.

626.1 Meeting rescheduled from 1/1/19 to 1/8/19.

Due to the holiday, we will move the meeting one week to 1/8/19
Contract Ratified - 12/6/18

The contract has been ratified by membership.  Please attend the Union meeting on Monday night (11/10/18) for more discussion.

Please have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Contract Vote #2 - 12/6/18

There will be another contract vote on 12/6/18.  The company is standing firm on 3% raise and have added double time if you are working off of the Duke system, and lowering the callout response from 40% to 35%.

Polls will be open in two places this time.  Lake Wales in the morning, Highlands in the morning, and Babson Park Women's Club after the early polls close.  More info to follow.  Check the bulletin boards in the yards for more information.
Contract Vote Update - 11/15/18

The contract that was voted on today was overwhelmingly rejected by membership.  Updates to follow...more than likely after the Thanksgiving break.

Voting on the Companys' Best and Final offer will take place at the Babson Park Women's Club from 7am to 7pm on 11/15/18.

Hines voting will occur on 11/15/18 from 0500 to 1800 in the control room.

Please come to the 626 meeting on Monday, 11/12/18 for details on the negotiations and voting instructions.

Company Best and Final Offer - 11/7/18

The Company has given us their best and final offer.

Please visit the IBEW SCU8 Website for more details.
Wage Reopener Negotiations have commenced. - 11/5/18

We met with the Duke today and exchanged the following proposals.  We will meet with them again on Wednesday, 11/7/18.
IBEW SCU-8 Wage Reopener Negotiations

A wage reopener negotiations will commence on November 5, 2018.  Union and Company proposal packages will be put on this website later that afternoon.  Please check back for details.

This negotiations will only encompass wages, medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.  The rest of the contract will be open for negotiation in the Fall of 2019.

IBEW Local 626 Election Results - 6/11/18

Elections for officers for a 3 year term occurred on 6/11/18.

The following are the officers of Local 626

President/Business Manager/Financial Secretary - David Herlocker
Vice President - William Teti III
Recording Secretary - Andy Smith
Chief Steward - Richard Martin

Thanks for stepping up and making the Union a success for our members!
IBEW Sub-Local 626.1 Election Results - 6/5/18

Nominations and elections for officers for a 3 year term occurred on 6/5/18.

The following are the officers of Local 626.1

Chairman - Jamie Sims
Vice-Chairman - Eddie Parra
Recording Secretary - Derek Green
Chief Steward - Chris McCarty

Thanks for stepping up and making the Union a success at Hines.

More information on Brother Smilee - 6/28/17

There will be a collection taken up for Stacey Smilee. If you would like to give, please see Summer Walker or Jim Bennett in the Lake Wales Line Department. Funeral services will not be held. Stacey has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Ewenity Farm Herding Dog Haven and Teen Sport Fishing Association. Please continue to keep Stacey in your thoughts and prayers. Lake Wales Line has lost a great man and friend to so many.


Ewenity Farm Herding Dog Haven

21802 61st Avenue

Bradenton, FL 34211


Teen Sport Fishing Assoc.

6425 Crestview Rd.

Orlando, FL 32810

Good Morning All,


We will be taking up a collection for Stacey. If you would like to give, please see myself or Jim Bennett in the Lake Wales Line Department. Funeral services will not be held. Stacey has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Ewenity Farm Herding Dog Haven and Teen Sport Fishing Association. Please continue to keep Stacey in your thoughts and prayers. Lake Wales Line has lost a great man and friend to so many.


Ewenity Farm Herding Dog Haven

21802 61st Avenue

Bradenton, FL 34211


Teen Sport Fishing Assoc.

6425 Crestview Rd.

Orlando, FL 32810

Shannon Smilee has passed away - 6/24/17

It is with great sorrow that I must announce that Lineman Shannon Smilee has passed away.  He was a lineman in Lake Wales for many years and will be missed.  There will not be an immediate service for him, but rather a celebration of life will be held in a couple of weeks at Camp Lester.  Please stay tuned for further information.
July Hines 626.1 Meeting rescheduled

The Hines meeting has been rescheduled from 7/4/17 to 7/11/17 due to the Independence Day holiday.  Meeting location and time have not changed.  Hope to see you there.
Hines Contract Vote 

The Union negotiating team has reached a tentative agreement with the Company over the Hines contract.  The Hines contract vote will be held on 3/22-3/23, 2017 at the HEC.  Polls will close on 3/23 at 1800.  You must be a member to vote.

The negotiating team is unanimously recommending a YES vote on this contract.  See the Memorandum of Changes below.  Please contact David Herlocker, Jamie Sims, Eddie Parra or Tony Barron with questions.
Hines Proposal Exchange Day! - 2/28/17

Here are the  current proposals.  
Linemans Rodeo!  -  2/25/17

The biggest event of the year...bigger than the Plant Operators Rodeo...larger than the Maintenance Shop Rodeo and only slightly smaller than Christmas!  

The lineman team is made up of:

Barry Stegall
Adam Albritton
Justin Oakes
The apprentices that are in the rodeo are:

Brian Adlam
Tanner OShea
Eric Glenn
The groundman that are in the  rodeo are:

Zeth Herndon
Jonathan Rodriguez
Nick Gonzalez
Francisco Hernandez

I do not have results or pictures!  Please send them to me @

davidherlocker@ibew626.org if you want them posted!
Hines Negotiations - 2/21/17

we are preparing for the Hines Negotiations.  The Union and the Company will exchange proposals on 2/28/17.  We will post the proposals packages on this site that evening.  Please stay tuned.

Contract Ratified - 1/17/17

The IBEW membership spoke tonight when they ratified the 2016-2019 contract with Duke Energy.  IBEW members from Locals 433, 626, 682, 1412 and 1491 voted across the state on the new agreement.  Changes can be found below.

Please log in at the IBEW System Council U-8 website for additional information.

A special thanks goes out to Brothers Tim Lawson, Lee Witt and Rick Martin who pulled a 12 hour shift at the polling station for the Local 626 members.  We appreciate your service!
Contract Vote - 1/17/17 0700-1900

The contract for the next 3 years will be voted on at the Babson Park Women's Club from 0700-1900 on Tuesday 1/17/17.  You must be a member to vote.  Members from other locals will have their membership verified and will be able to vote at our location for convenience.  

The Negotiations Committee is recommending a YES vote on this contract.  Contact David Herlocker, John Smith or Andy Smith with questions.
Update 12/16/16 - 2200

We have reached a Tentative Agreement with the Company on a contract for 2016-2019.  The Union negotiating team is unanimously recommending a YES vote for ratification of this contract.  The vote will occur around the 3rd week of January.  The date will be announced later.  Watch the IBEW SCU-8 website for additional details.

3% - 2016 retroactive to Dec 5 upon contract ratifcation
3% - 2017
TBD - 2018 (wage + limited benefits reopener) 

More details will follow.  Realize that many of the Company and Union negotiators will be off around the Christmas holidays so the polished final package that will be voted on will not show up until the beginning of next year. 

Union leadership appreciates the feedback and support many of you have given us the last few months during these negotiations.  Please  be patient a little while longer for the details of more specific proposals that might affect you or your work group.  We will get the Memorandum of Changes to you in the beginning of January.  There will be at least 1 local meeting between now and the voting day, as well as some explanation meetings as we can work them in.

Again, thanks for your support and have a Merry Christmas.  Those of you who are working on Christmas to keep our Christmas lights on, we appreciate it more than words can say.  

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

David Herlocker
President/Business Manager
IBEW Local 626
Update 12/15/16 - 1800

The Company and Union negotiators have been working late nights.  We are meeting this evening and are planning on another session sometime later tonight.  Several issues are still outstanding and the pay discussions have started.  
Update - 12/14/16

I apologize for not getting the site updated last night. We were working until late in the evening.  We did discuss wages with the Company yesterday and I have updated Andy Smith and John Smith.  Please see them with your wage concerns so that they can give us input for discussion at the table.  
Meeting Tonight - 12/12/16

I will be updating everyone on the current status of negotiations tonight.  Please make every effort to be there.  Bring your questions, and I will bring some answers.  

We also need to vote on an important bylaws change to the IBEW SCU-8 bylaws.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight.

David Herlocker
President/Business Manager 
IBEW Local 626
Negotiations Update - 12/11/2016

We have extended the contract again for 1 week.  The new expiration date is 12/18/16 at 23:59.

Negotiations Update - 12/1/16

We have extended the contract until 12/11/16.  The MOU is attached below.  We will go day to day after that.  We are making progress, the low hanging fruit is gone and we are down to the meat of the proposals.  
November 14th Local 626 Meeting
Scott Demetree - Business Manager IBEW SCU8 will be attending the meeting on 11/14/16 to update everyone on negotiations progress.  Please make every effort to attend so that you will get the correct information on the negotiations.
Amendment 1 - For consideration

The IBEW is recommending that IBEW members vote YES on Amendment 1 because this directly affects our membership and our jobs. You will find the flier below.
Additional proposals added - 10/26/16

The following proposals have been added by the Union and by the Company.
AFLAC and the Heisman Trophy are coming!!

What do a duck and the college football have in common?

AFLAC and the Heisman Trophy of course.  Bet you didn't know that.  

The AFLAC truck and the Heisman trophy will be at the SCU8 Office on Saturday, 10/22/16 from 10am to 2pm, and at the Bear Lake Clubhouse on Sunday 10/23/16 from 10am to 2pm.

You can take a picture with the Heisman trophy and commemorate the event with the picture.  

There is no cost for this commemorative picture.

You can enroll on-site for AFLAC and they will be offering FREE Identity theft protection as well at that time.

The policies being offered are Accident, Cancer, Dental and Life Insurance.

Representatives from AFLAC will be available to discuss insurance plans.

If you would like to talk to someone about the insurance plans before the events, you can contact:

Wanda Curington


Negotiations Update - 10/4/16

Scott Demetree has updated the IBEW System Council U8 website.

Negotiations Update - 9/29/16

The Negotiating Committee has exchanged proposals with the Company and is currently evaluating the proposals we have received.

Both sides may submit additional proposals at any time so if that happens they will be added to this site.  Please check back for additional information.

Our next scheduled meeting with the Company is 10/3/16.

Negotiating Committee for the Union:

Scott Demetree - Business Manager System Council U-8
Charlie Strawn - Business Manager IBEW Local 433
David Herlocker - Business Manager IBEW Local 626
Dennis Ryan - Business Manager IBEW Local 682
Mark McGuffee - Business Manager IBEW Local 1412
Mike O'Quinn - Business Manager IBEW Local 1491

Negotiating Team for the Company:

Dick Krotseng - Director Labor Relations - Florida
Steve Sublett - HR Principle
Brandi Alexander - HR Consultant
Gary Roebuck - GM Construction & Maintenance
Hugh Irwin - Director Transmission Asset Management
Rob Odom - GM Regional Services
All members are encouraged to sign up for updates at the IBEW SCU8 website.  If you sign up, then you will receive a notice when the website is updated with current information.  
Negotiations Proposal Exchange 9/26/16

The Company and the Union exchanged packages for the 2016 contract today.  

The Unions package is here:
The Company package is here:
Negotiations Preparation Underway

The System Committee is beginning to prepare for the upcoming contract negotiations.  
Please send contract proposals to
We are asking that a printed name and contact number be included.  In the past, we have been unable to track down the submitter of some proposals when we had questions.
Thank you.
AFLAC Announcement 12/15/15
Open enrollment has started via phone for IBEW SCU8 members.  If you did not get a chance to meet an AFLAC representative at a recent meeting, now is your chance to talk with one.

As a member of the IBEW SCU-8, you will receive a preferred group rate available only to our members.

AFLAC partners with IBEW SCU-8 for Supplemental Insurance - 10/5/15

AFLAC has partnered with the IBEW SCU-8 to offer supplemental insurance to Union members.  AFLAC representatives will be attending the October and November meetings to make presentations and offer sign ups.  

If you are interested, please make every effort to attend these meetings so that you can ask the representatives your questions face to face.

This insurance is NOT offered through Duke so please do not contact them about it.  This insurance is ONLY for Union members and will not be available to people who are represented by the IBEW but are not members.

Contact for Retirement Questions and Issues

Per Duke Energy Labor Relations, the contact person for issues concerning retirement is Ann Lee.  Please contact her at 727-820-5613.  
New Meeting Location

The new meeting location will be at the Babson Park Women's Club located at 1300 N. Scenic Highway, Babson Park, FL 33827.  Still meeting at the same time and dates.
New Grievance Form for Main Contract

This is the new form to use for filing grievances.  You can fill it out and send it via email now to the email address shown.  Please ensure that it is filled out and sent in within the time limits or you will be in default.  

Hines BU employees have a different form so do not use this one.