IBEW 1245 members at NV Energy have overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement by a margin of 84% to 16%. This new agreement will extend the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) until September 2022, providing an additional five years of stability to the current four-year agreement, with essentially no takeaways.
The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia allowed unions to dodge the blow for now, but the Friedrichs case made it clear that public sector workers are under sustained attack. Flanked by several members who could be on the firing line in future attacks, Business Rep JV Macor told the Advisory Council that Local 1245 had ramped up an intensive campaign of member-to-member communication in the public sector.
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, the second-highest labor official in the country, brought Advisory Council members to their feet with a rousing speech on April 23 at Weakley Hall in Vacaville.
This photo -- which depicts an IBEW lineman who tried to assist the 1907 Street Carmen strike is savagely beaten by San Francisco police -- is just one of many unique images featured in this new history of our union.
Local 1245’s negotiating committee met with PG&E on Thursday, April 21, having exchanged initial proposals on March 18. Instead of the typical three-month period between exchange of proposals and initial meeting we accelerated the process to start on April 21.
More than 100 IBEW 1245 members and supporters descended on the State Capitol on April 4 to deliver an important message – Keep Diablo Canyon Power Plant Open.
Soon, Californians will learn whether state leaders’ commitment to achieving 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 is backed by a willingness to make hard choices, or whether they remain subject to politics as usual. The State Lands Commission is scheduled to consider extensions for leases set to expire in 2018 and 2019 at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The proposed extensions, through 2024 and 2025, would allow the leases and the plant’s operating license to expire simultaneously.
The energy sector is changing at a rapid pace, and with these changes come an assortment of new and unique competitive challenges that have the potential to seriously impact IBEW 1245 members and their jobs.
The Threat to Our Workplace Rights
When our brothers and sisters in Indiana asked for assistance building their membership at a local manufacturing plant, Local 1245 answered the call. In mid-February, a team of Local 1245 Organizing Stewards, comprised of Miguel Pagan, Rene Cruz-Martinez, Lorenso Arciniega, Lorae Andreason and Nilda Garcia, flew to Indiana to help IBEW Local 1424 grow its union membership at Faurecia, a manufacturing company that makes vehicle exhaust systems.
Local 2376 represents 221 active employees at the City of Vallejo in every non-management classification, from clerical workers, to engineers, to building inspectors, to water department workers, to dispatchers, to housing department workers and more. The merger will make the City of Vallejo one of the few “wall-to-wall” properties represented by Local 1245.
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