For months, national news outlets and pundits predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v AFSCME would be the “death knell” for American labor unions. And while other public sector unions have taken a hit, IBEW 1245’s public sector membership has remained relatively unscathed. That’s no happy accident. Local 1245 knew that the… [Read More]
Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, faced with a likely union-busting decision from the Supreme Court, knew that inaction wasn’t an option. The local’s members haven’t surrendered to a future decided by those forces. Instead, they’ve been rallying together and strengthening their union one conversation at a time.
A delegation from IBEW 1245 attended the 47th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in Orlando, FL in late May. CBTU is comprised of 50 chapters in the US and Canada, with representatives from dozens of different unions. CBTU describes itself as “the fiercely independent voice of black workers within the… [Read More]
On June 20, 2018 a dynamic group of Local 1245 organizing stewards descended on the State Capitol once again to express support for SB 1088 as it came before the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee. This bill takes a pro-active approach to planning for future natural disasters with bold steps to force the California Public Utilities… [Read More]
IBEW 1245 began preparing for the Janus v AFSCME decision more than a year in advance. Working closely with our organizing team and public sector business representatives, our member-led Voluntary Organizing Committees (VOCs) meticulously planned and flawlessly executed a highly effective campaign to reach out to their co-workers, tell them about the importance of keeping… [Read More]
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned more than four decades of precedent in its ruling on the Janus v. AFSCME case. By a vote of 5-4, the Court upended its own unanimous decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977), effectively taking away unions’ ability to collect fair share fees to cover the cost of collective bargaining and… [Read More]
This spring, the IBEW Local 1245 organizing program dispatched five teams of organizing stewards to central labor councils across our service area, to help get out the vote for pro-union candidates for both local and state offices. In the Fresno area, 1245 coordinated two teams in the two weeks leading up to California’s Primary Election…. [Read More]
A union membership is a lot like a gym membership – you have to show up and really make an effort if you want to get stronger. That’s a notion that Local 1245’s organizing stewards take to heart. At the conclusion of their most recent intensive organizing seminar in February, the organizing stewards in attendance… [Read More]