More than a million residents lost power when a massive and powerful wind storm walloped the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, Nov. 17. PG&E promptly dispatched a dozen GC crews, comprised of Local 1245 members, to assist in the restoration.
In what has now become an annual tradition, dozens of IBEW 1245 members and their families spent the Veterans Day holiday representing the union at annual parades in Sacramento and Fresno. Both contingents were organized by members of the IBEW 1245 Veterans Group, with strong support from Organizing Stewards.
In fall of 2015, a group of IBEW 1245 members joined the Suriname American Brotherhood Initiative mission to help train linemen in Suriname. This “highlight” reel was produced by the Suriname utility company, EBS, and is shared here with permission.
The company and union bargaining committees have scheduled their next meeting in Vacaville on Dec. 1. We expect the company to respond to our proposal for limited general negotiations consisting of a four-year contract with a 13% wage increase over the course of the contract.
San Francisco made the right choice in passing Prop. H, so that we are able to hold City leaders accountable when they enroll us in CleanPowerSF,” said IBEW 1245 Business Representative Hunter Stern, a chief supporter of Prop. H. “Prop. H is all about transparency in the new City-run power program – so customers can make informed choices. That’s why so many leaders and groups, from Mayor Lee and Board President Breed to the Sierra Club, came together to support this measure that ensures we won’t be misled."
Like many expectant parents, IBEW 1245 member Cody Smith and his wife Jessica had a lot on their minds as they awaited the arrival of their first child, due at the end of September. With just a couple of weeks left until Jessica’s due date, the last thing they were thinking about was the possibility of a wildfire taking their home, destroying all their belongings and endangering their lives.
Local 1245 co-sponsored numerous teams and apprentices from throughout the jurisdiction. TID, MID, Nevada Energy, City of Roseville, SMUD and PG&E were all represented at this year’s rodeo.
Herrin, who works as an Op Tech at the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), loves his tight-knit community and cares deeply about his neighbors. So when the Valley Fire raced through his area before the firefighters even had a chance to respond, Herrin made a bold choice – to stay behind with his two sons and a few friends, and fight the fire themselves.
Reno’s water begins high in the Sierras, but it takes plenty of human ingenuity before that water reaches the tap. And for that, thank highly-skilled IBEW 1245 members employed by Truckee Meadows Water Authority.
More than 1,000 IBEW Local 1245 members at PG&E participated in restoration efforts following the recent rash of wildfires that have swept through PG&E’s service area. Now, thanks to aggressive pressure from the union, the company has agreed to pay double-time on prearranged overtime (POT) for Local 1245 members who were part of the collective efforts to restore power following the Butte, Valley and Tassajara Fires.
For IBEW Local 1245 members working at Frontier Communications in Elk Grove, every day is a little bit different. On any given day, these telecommunications workers might be restoring long-distance phone services, running fiber-optic cables, installing a new DSL line or trouble-shooting connectivity issues—whatever it takes to keep their suburban customers connected.
The trajectory of the middle class in this country is discouraging to be sure – but our members are on a different track. Thanks to your membership and support, we have been able to secure contracts that have delivered wage and benefit increases that far exceed the national average. Our members enjoy a level of stability and security that define the “American Dream.” But we can never take that for granted; we must continue to fight each and every day to protect, defend and enhance the contracts that our members count on.