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TCEC facilities not meeting the


cooperative’s needs today BY JULIANN GRAHAM, Communications Coordinator


CEO VIEW CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE


Grassroots efforts are the best way to make our leaders listen to the needs of their constituents. Your voice can be joined with others to make a difference.


Now is a crucial time to submit your comments since the new power plants rule was entered in the Federal Register in January. Comments are accepted for 60 days so entering as many as possible before early March is key.


EMPLOYEES CROWD IN THE COOPERATIVE’S BREAKROOM IN THE BASEMENT FOR TRAINING. TCEC DOES NOT HAVE CONFERENCE ROOMS IN ITS OFFICE, EITHER THE BREAKROOM OR THE CEO’S OFFICE IS USED.


employee base grew, office space dwindled until nine workareas now fill what used to be the office breakroom in the basement. Te cooperative’s only breakroom is in what used to be a storage room and it doubles as a conference room. Employee lunches and breaks are often interrupted for meetings.


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Employees who have a cubicle upstairs are in one-fourth or one-half the space the original cubicles were intended to be. Other employees are no longer in the main office and endure long walks from modular buildings to gather mail or meet with peers. Even the two modular building the cooperative has installed are filled to capacity and meeting space is limited.


TCEC employees are thankful they have rewarding and meaningful jobs so they will endure space constraints knowing it points to the success of the cooperative. But for those with disabilities, existing facilities are inadequate and possibly dangerous. Te cooperative’s headquarters are out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To come into compliance with ADA requirements is cost prohibitive in the cooperative’s current facilities. To remain out of compliance with the ADA is a serious liability for the cooperative.


Storage space is also at a premium for the cooperative. Troughout the office, cubicles are overflowing and any free space on filing cabinets or the floor is filled with equipment and materials. Storage has been added at the warehouse in the form of portable containers which is inconvenient for daily use and is also full now.


Te cooperative requires an efficient, well-organized and central location for its operations so it can meet the demands of its members. Te need for a new facility has never been greater. TCEC continues with its plans for a new facility near Hooker, slated to be completed in mid-to-late 2015. n


o say TCEC’s existing facilities are crowded is an understatement. Tey are bulging at the seams. Te cooperative has seen a 268 percent increase in employees since the building was built for 25 employees in 1961. As the


Even after the comment period ends, members will hear us talking about Action.coop and encouraging people to sign up. That’s because our efforts will not stop with this one rule. Other rules are on the horizon and your participation will help you stay informed about matters that will affect the affordability and reliability of your electricity.


The cooperative’s goal is to have half its membership - 6,000 people - submit comments using Action.coop. That’s a stiff challenge and we need help from every one of you to meet it.


To date, TCEC is leading the pack in Oklahoma for comments submitted. As of Jan. 10, 118 people had entered their information on the site. While that’s a great start, we still have a ways to go.


Let’s show the rest of the state and even the nation that our membership is a force to be reckoned with. We are 12,000 plus strong, part of the 42 million member Co-op Nation. We can make a difference and raise our voice to be heard.


Take a stand. Join us in letting our nation’s leaders know they need to consider the needs of their constituents when making decisions that will impact our electric bills. n


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