FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Band, IBEW Local 1245
(510) 326-0897 RGB1@ibew1245.com
VACAVILLE, Calif. — In response to PG&E’s voluntary non-compliance statement issued to the CPUC, IBEW Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell released the following statement:
“As the union that represents thousands of clerical and physical workers at PG&E, we firmly oppose the company’s determination that Call Center Customer Service Representatives should be subjected to random drug testing. We disagree with the Company’s assertion that these workers fall under the purview of the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing policy, and believe that subjecting them to urine tests would amount to a waste of ratepayer money, as well as an invasion of the workers’ privacy.
“The union feels strongly that these workers are not classified as ‘safety-sensitive,’ and should continue to be exempt from invasive and unnecessary DOT drug testing, as they’ve been for the last 30-plus years.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 represents 20,000 utility, construction, public sector and manufacturing workers in California and Nevada. For more information, visit www.ibew1245.com