California has seen more than its fair share of horrific wildfires, but none can compare to the Camp Fire, now the largest and most deadly fire in California history. The fire claimed at least 85 lives, demolished entire towns, sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing, and left many of them – including 86 members of IBEW 1245 – homeless right before the holidays.
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When it comes to getting out the vote, no one does it quite like IBEW 1245 -- and we have a long list of wins to prove it.
Despite the polarization that has fractured our great country, IBEW 1245 has been effectively bridging the divide, bringing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle together on the key issues that matter most to our members. One of Local 1245’s greatest allies in this effort is Republican State Senator Anthony Cannella -- who just so happens to be a union member himself.
Over the past week, IBEW members from Locals 47, 57, 77, 109, 124, 125, 465, 499, 659 and 1547 joined with members and leaders from Local 1245 and Las Vegas-based Local 396 to get the word out about Nevada’s Question 3, a deceptive and dangerous energy deregulation measure that could lead to widespread job loss, increased energy costs, unreliable power, rolling blackouts and consumer fraud.
The winning team, comprised of PG&E Linemen Dustin Curry, Jacob “Floppy” Hunt and Jordan Chene, beat out 219 other journeyman lineman teams from around the world to take home the big trophy.
This fall, PG&E launched a large-scale vegetation management initiative, beginning with “Tier 3” fire zones in areas designated by the CPUC and CalFire to be at extreme risk of wildfire. PG&E has about 7,100 miles of power lines in these Tier 3 zones, and IBEW 1245 line clearance tree trimmers are being tasked with clearing all vegetation within 12-15 feet of those lines on all sides, from ground to sky.
If someone in your family is planning to pursue higher education in 2019, now is the time to apply for one of IBEW 1245’s five scholarships!
This unique hydroelectric development is proudly maintained and operated by IBEW 1245 members employed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).
After many months of lobbying and collective action on the part of IBEW 1245 and its members, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1090 (Monning) into law. This top-priority piece of legislation will require the CPUC to restore the key components of the original Diablo Canyon Power Plant Joint Proposal Agreement.
The rash of wildfires have been keeping IBEW 1245 members busy all summer. In addition to the extensive utility work required to restore power, Local 1245 tree trimmers have also been dispatched to the fire zone to remove burned and damaged trees in close proximity to power lines, poles and towers.
The times, they are a-changing, and the way we communicate is changing as well. We are urging each and every member to log on to our secure web portal right away to make sure that the union has all your current personal contact info – particularly your personal email address and cell phone number – correct in our files.