EA Planning Calendar


From the President

April 19, 2017

Performance Reviews/Pay Increases:
The performance review year will end September 17, 2017. Last year a few of our members got caught in the idea that the pay year ended the last day of September. Any goals that you’ve set with your manager for the FY17 review would need to be completed on or before Sept 17th as this is the end of the pay year rather than September 30th. Your manager should be having ongoing discussion related to your performance and not wait until the end of the pay year. There should be no surprises as the year closes. We have about 5 months remaining in the FY17 pay for performance cycle. The performance pay budget for FY18 is 3.0 percent. This budget is calculated by using the total payroll for all EA-represented employees. Market rates were increased by 2.25 percent effective September 18, 2017. As you remember, we made a multi-year agreement regarding the pay for performance payout for FY18.

The below pay matrix shows the range of pay increases available to EA bargaining unit employees based on your overall rating. Please note that the percentage is based on the midpoint of your job’s market range and not a percentage of your current pay.

Overall Rating__Performance Pay Opportunity
Exceeds_______Min 3.45% of midpoint
Exceeds_______Max 3.75% of midpoint
Satisfactory____Min 2.4% of midpoint
Satisfactory____Max 3.0% of midpoint

Much later in the pay year, TVA will release an IPM schedule with dates. 

PWR OPS is reorganizing:
Currently, the Power Operations organization is in the beginning phase of a reorg. The changes will affect engineers, scientists and technicians - essentially non-Nuclear Engineering, Outage, and Technical Services. During several of the presentations with employees, Kris Edmondson has mentioned that he is working with the EA. We have met together with Kris, David Sorrick, HR, LR and several members of Kris’ team. So far much of the discussion has centered on the vision Kris has for the new organization and preliminary structure changes (the same presentation that he has made at the last Power Ops all hands meeting). Thus far there has been no discussion about personnel changes below management level. We anticipate continued discussions with Power Operations leadership after they work to fill their new management positions. We appreciate the opportunity to work together with Power Operations as they progress through the changes ahead. The EA will continue to provide feedback to you our members and TVA management, in an effort to minimize any impacts to our members. I realize that a reorg is very unsettling. As we have more information as to how the changes will affect individual contributors, we will share this information.

TPS changes:
Last week, changes were announced in TPS. More changes are possibly coming over the summer as various tiers of the organization are rolled out. 
We have been told that the changes in TPS mostly affect management and that we can expect little change affecting the individual contributors in the EA. The web site for service delivery is

Annual Leave reminder:
Since 1998, employees holding positions in the EA bargaining unit have been able to designate one preferred week of annual leave. You request the week of leave from your manager. The request must be made in writing and it needs to state this is your preferred leave week. Management is to make every attempt to grant the week when it is requested in this manner. This obligates TVA to reimburse you for any nonrefundable deposits should the week be cancelled by management. This Memorandum of Understanding can be found on the EA’s website at It is the last page of the Contract in the Information section.

EA Staffing:
The EA has posted vacancies to and to and for the past several months has sought to hire 2 full time employees - a highly skilled labor management specialist and an intern or beginning staff person. We have been working through the applications and conducting interviews. The EA has selected Gary Watson to fill the Labor Relations Specialist position with us. We are thrilled to welcome Gary to our union where he will use his skills as an advocate for our members. Gary possesses a vast background in many areas – compensation, labor relations, EEO, employee benefits and retirement. While Gary will report April 24th, the EA is still actively recruiting for a beginning staff member to round out a full complement of staff in the EA office.

The IFPTE Veteran’s Committee will meet April 25th by teleconference. There are several bills before congress that affect our Veterans - HR1259 and HR 1461. The IFPTE Executive Council meeting will be held May 11-12 in Atlantic City, NJ. Currently, I serve on the IFPTE Exec Board as the VP - Eastern Federal. The Engineering Association has a significant voice with our international and Washington, DC lawmakers! The contacts and relationships we build on Capitol Hill shape our future.

DUR Training:
The DURs (designated union reps) elected by the EA membership will have two days of joint training on May 24th and 25th this year. This training is conducted jointly with our management partners and equips your representative with the tools necessary to administer the collective bargaining agreement during their term office. We appreciate every elected representative’s willingness to serve and their passion for others.

EA Section Presidents and VW officers:
Chattanooga-Brandon Sapp
North Eastern-Gary Jordan
Chickamauga-Jason Ferrell
Southern-Alan Turpen
Nashville-West-Brad Shultz
Valley-wide President-Gay Henson
Valley-wide VP-Melvin Dean
Valley-Wide Secretary-Carl Merchant
Valley-wide Treasurer-Dan Kirk

In solidarity,
Gay Henson
EA President, IFPTE #1937
IFPTE VP - Eastern Federal


Monthly Newsletter


Last Updated 10/25/2016

Watts Bar Unit 2 Achieves Commercial Operation

WBN2 is TVA’s 7th nuclear reactor to provide carbon-free energy for the Tennessee Valley

In a media briefing today at Watts Bar, TVA President & CEO Bill Johnson announced that Watts Bar Unit 2 has officially entered commercial operation.

“Today, we recognize the completion of testing and the start of commercial operation of a new TVA asset that will support all three areas of TVA’s mission – Energy, Environment and Economic Development – for decades to come,” Johnson said. “Over the past three weeks, Watts Bar Unit 2 has delivered more than half-a-billion kilowatt-hours of safe, clean, low cost and carbon-free energy to consumers in the Tennessee Valley. And it’s done so with the reliability that demonstrates its readiness for commercial operation.”

The $4.7 billion capital construction project was completed on budget. The unit now moves to working asset status.

Said Gay Henson, President of EA/IFPTE Local 1937, "We are excited about the accomplishment of our workers at the TVA's Watts Bar. his is a huge event towards meeting the country's energy demands and demonstrates a commitment to cleaner energy and providing low cost power the region." 

Henson concluded by saying, "I'm very proud of the teamwork, hard work and commitment of our members at Watts Bar. They put their heart and soul into making this dream a reality. It's a great day."

“Watts Bar Unit 2 is a key part of our commitment to produce cleaner energy without sacrificing the reliability and low cost that draws both industry and residents to our area,” Johnson said.
Executive Vice President, Generation & Chief Nuclear Officer Joe Grimes lauded the outstanding effort that brought the project to fruition.

“Bringing the nation’s first new nuclear generation of the 21st Century to commercial operation was an achievement that required the contribution of many,” Grimes said. “That includes the support of the TVA board and executive leadership; the outstanding effort by the craft workers; the support of our major contractors and vendors – Bechtel and Westinghouse – and their many subcontractors; the collaboration of functions across TVA; and the tireless efforts of Watts Bar leadership and employees who dedicated both their professional and personal lives to the project.”

In his remarks, Grimes singled out Mike Skaggs as “the driving force in getting this job done.” In his role as senior vice president of Watts Bar Operations and Construction, Skaggs had overall responsibility for the Unit 2 project since 2012.

“Mike assembled an integrated team of experienced veterans, individuals with extensive operations experience and expert construction contractors to plan and execute this major project,” Grimes said. “What Mike and his team accomplished is a phenomenal effort – and it deserves the highest accolades.”

In a message to Watts Bar Nuclear Plant employees ahead of today’s news briefing, Site Vice President Paul Simmons noted the personal pride he takes in the Watts Bar team’s accomplishments.

“While we often refer to Unit 2 as the ‘nation’s first new nuclear generation in the 21st Century,’ I think of it a little differently today,” Simmons said. “To me it’s more than just a new, complex machine that we safely completed and now operate. It’s the embodiment of teamwork, dedication and commitment, and of our combined expertise and experience. It’s more than an investment by TVA. It’s an investment of energy by the great people here to again lead our nation. It’s an accomplishment we can proudly share with our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“But most of all, I’m proud to be part of this team that delivered new nuclear generation to this nation safely and with a commitment to quality. That’s what TVA will tell the world today — the story of your contributions to this amazing team.”

Reprinted from TVAtoday