At least 16 members of IBEW Local 1245 have lost their homes and all of their belongings in the recent wildfires, and that number will likely increase over the coming days. These brothers and sisters need our help and support.
While hundreds of thousands of Floridians raced to evacuate their homes in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, more than 100 members of IBEW Local 1245, including PG&E line crews, operators and field support staff, headed directly into the path of the storm.
The IBEW Local 1245 members who work at NV Energy’s Fort Churchill Generating Station in Yerington, NV know what it means to work safe – and now they hold the national record to prove it. In August, the team at Fort Churchill surpassed two million work-hours without a single lost-time accident, which is the longest safety record of any fossil-fueled generating station in the United States.
When it comes to ideas for continuous improvement, there’s no better resource than the workers themselves. Their collective experience and know-how makes them the single best resource for innovative recommendations. Union members at PG&E are positively brimming with easy-to-implement, no-nonsense suggestions to improve the company. But up until now, they’ve been unsure as to how to put their ideas out there, which is what prompted IBEW Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell to host a unique seminar focused specifically on worker-driven process improvements.
On Thursday, August 24, PG&E’s Revenue Assurance Representatives voted to join Local 1245 in a mail-in ballot election. This was the third organizing effort in recent years for this classification, which investigates discrepancies in energy consumption (such as electricity theft) throughout PG&E’s territory.
PG&E has launched a large-scale proactive endeavor to re-coat all of its lead-based painted towers with a new, environmentally friendly acrylic-based paint.
IBEW is collecting donations to provide urgent relief to families that are most in need, including those who have lost their homes or sustained severe flood damage. IBEW members may make contributions with a credit card at https://secure.ibew.org/unityfund/.
Nine years ago, when the City of Vallejo filed for municipal bankruptcy, it was the City’s workers who bore the brunt of the pain. Vallejo administrators imposed draconian furloughs and takeaways that left the workers and their families reeling.
In the seventh installment of our "Fist Full of Lightning" video series, discover how IBEW Local 1245 expanded its reach to utilities beyond PG&E, and learn about the very first so-called "Right to Work" fight that the union engaged in nearly 60 years ago. If you missed any of the previous history videos, you can find them at www.ibew1245.com/historyvideos.
IBEW Local 1245 recognizes that drones are likely to become an increasingly integral part of the utility industry, and the union is serious about embracing the changing technology and keeping this work in the hands of our members, which is why we decided to sponsor and send a group of 12 union members to a Drone Pilot Prep Course in Alpena, Michigan.
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.