By Ron Cochran We have had another record year for the second straight year. The growth in percentage in 2008 was over 29%. 2009 was nearly 7% over 2008. We have become very diverse and are constantly organizing. Although our pole replacement work in Outside Line was all but stopped in 2009 on PG&E… [Read More]
OUTSIDE CONSTRUCTION HAS RECORD-BREAKING YEAR IN ORGANIZING AND NEGOTIATING FIRST AGEEMENTS Local 1245’s Outside Construction had another record breaking year in 2011. Staff organized and negotiated 39 first agreements and 9 project labor agreements. We’ve also had contractors expand their scope of work, and we’ve renegotiated dozens of agreements. First Agreements: CONTRACTOR WORK/AGREEMENT DEERPATH AMI… [Read More]
By Ron Cochran The month of December started on a very good note with signing up new members and administrating the Oath of Obligation to our Brothers and Sister working for Utility Partners of America (UPA) on the SMUD AMI project in Sacramento. This was followed by a two-day Linemen Safety seminar in Vacaville, CA…. [Read More]
Local 1245 has scheduled OSHA 10 classes for the second Saturday and partial Sunday of the month for the first 10 months of 2010. The classes will be held at IBEW Local 1245 Weakley Hall in Vacaville. Contact the Local 1245 Dispatch office if you are interested. The number is 707-452-2722. Ralph Armstrong Business Representative… [Read More]
Canus, an Outside Construction employer, is seeking the following personnel: 12 gas mechanics and 4 Gas Inspectors. The union has temporarily exhausted its hiring hall lists. Any qualified person, such as PG&E retirees with relevant experience, can contact Canus directly for employment at email@example.com.
By Ron Cochran So, you ask, how’s the work? Well, better than we planned for. The dispatcher was deep into Book II for linemen one Friday in early October, and we still had one open call for an operator that we didn’t fill. We expect a slow down when the rains come. We have projects… [Read More]
By Ron Cochran Work remains slow, we expect a sharp increase in work between the first and second quarter of 2010. We do expect many new jobs in the AMI meter exchange business in the next few months. We have just signed a contract with UPA to replace 558, 000 electric meters on SMUD property… [Read More]
By Ron Cochran Republic ITS Contact Negotiations The Republic ITS contract has been completed. We reached the wage & benefit settlement 18 months ago, although there was a language issue over portability. These issues have all been resolved. San Francisco Trolley Agreement We work closely with IBEW Local 6 and SFNECA to share the jurisdiction. We agreed… [Read More]