Over the past several years, we have been working hard to keep Diablo Canyon open and protect the jobs of our members. In the last few days, a deal has come together to keep Diablo Canyon open for the next eight to nine years. As part of this deal, we have negotiated a generous retention package for IBEW members there – a 25% annual bonus, followed by a severance allowance (for employees who do not bid out).
The full IBEW 1245 Bargaining Committee met today to plan out the next steps in the negotiating process.
This year’s 5th Annual IBEW Sacramento Organizing Committee Charity Bowl was held on April 30 at Country Club Lanes in Sacramento. Families and friends of IBEW 1245 members, as well as members from other unions, joined us for a fun day of bowling, pizza and friendship.
New research has revealed that utility workers in San Francisco were in the forefront of some of the most explosive industrial uprisings of the early 20th century, when western linemen confronted giant utilities like United Railroads, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Pacific Telephone and Telegraph. Their story, largely unknown until now, has been revealed in the just-published Fist Full of Lightning: Workers, Power and the Invention of a Union.
At the Second Annual PG&E/IBEW Gas Rodeo on May 21 in Livermore, speed was the name of the game as gas workers raced against their peers in a friendly yet stiff competition. 13 teams laced up their boots, kicked up some dirt and battled it out for the grand prize — a chance to compete in the National Gas Rodeo in Denver at the end of August.
This new video highlights Local 1245's recent activities and next steps in the ongoing effort to keep the Diablo Canyon Power Plant open.
For the second time in as many weeks, eight soccer teams, comprised of IBEW 1245 Line Clearance Tree Trimmers from across the northern area, hit the field to show off their skills and compete at the Tree Trimmers Soccer Tournament in Fairfield. The event has become so popular that the union now hosts two separate tournaments, one for southern area members (which took place in Ripon in late April) and the Fairfield event for northern area members.
More than 80 Organizing Stewards and “apprentice” Organizing Stewards came together on April 22 at Weakley Hall for a one-of-a-kind workshop featuring some very influential labor leaders and worker advocates.
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.
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.