In these uncertain times for utility workers, is it possible to protect our work, our livelihood? The short answer is “yes,” and we can look to the Longshoremen’s “Mechanization and Modernization Agreement” of 1960 to see how organized workers protected their job security even as new technology and work methods dramatically changed the nature of their work.
At Advance Carbon Products Inc (ACP) in Hayward, CA, a small but dedicated team of IBEW 1245 members work diligently to craft specialized carbon-based components for a wide range of high-tech applications, including robotics, electrical motors, and aerospace equipment, as well as petrochemical and semi-conductor-specific products.
The CPUC has unanimously voted yes on a revised proposed decision. The revised PD authorized $211M (15% of annual pay) for employee retention, which is less than 25% the parties had originally asked for.
While the big rain and snow storms that walloped California last year seemed like a welcome reprieve from the state’s lengthy drought, those storms also resulted in a number of landslides, including a hefty one near Panther Creek that took out the only access road to PG&E’s Salt Springs Hydroelectric Powerhouse.
Just a few short days after Hurricane Maria devastated nearly everything in its path, the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, quickly deployed two dozen linemen to the U.S. Virgin Islands to begin the arduous task of restoring power to the area.
As temperatures plummet and winter frost hits the air, millions of Californians are quick to turn on their gas-powered heaters – and few stop to think about the billions of cubic feet of gas needed to keep California’s homes, businesses and other buildings warm through the chilly season. But the IBEW 1245 members who work at PG&E’s McDonald Island gas storage facility think about it every day.
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On Thursday, October 19, PG&E’s aerial patrollers voted to join IBEW 1245 in a secret ballot election. All members of the unit participated, and the vote was a unanimous Yes.
This Proposed decision will be voted on by the CPUC on Dec. 14 at their normal business meeting. On Nov. 28, the CPUC will hear oral arguments on this issue, which we — as well as many others — will be involved in.
IBEW 1245 offers five different scholarship options each year. Applications are now being accepted for 2018, and must be postmarked by Monday, March 5, 2018 to be considered.
The IBEW Local 1245 members who work at Sacramento Regional Transit (SRT) ensure over 1.5 million residents can safely travel to and from work, home, and school throughout Sacramento County each year.
Many IBEW 1245 members are accustomed to working in areas hit by fires, but few were prepared for what they encountered in the North Bay.
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 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.