IBEW 1245 members at PG&E have overwhelmingly approved a two-year contract extension, with a 3% general wage increase in each year of the extension, and no other changes to the existing collective bargaining agreements. The physical agreement was approved with 85.17% of members voting yes. A total of 3,271 ballots were cast on the physical… [Read More]
The Mendocino Complex fire is now officially the largest fire in California history, burning over 300,000 acres and counting, and IBEW 1245 members are on the scene doing restoration work in the effected areas. These members are working long days in extraordinarily difficult conditions to bring back power and some semblance of normalcy for the… [Read More]
Facing multibillion-dollar claims for damage done by last year’s Northern California wildfires, PG&E is pushing for a state-authorized financing plan to cover liability claims and compensate survivors.
It is with an exceedingly heavy heart that we announce the passing of IBEW 1245 member Jairus “Jay” Ayeta. Brother Ayeta, a PG&E GC apprentice lineman, was working to restore power in the Carr Fire zone when he was reportedly involved in a fatal off-road vehicle accident. He was just 21 years old. Brother Ayeta… [Read More]
As PG&E is facing a tremendous liability over last year’s fires, breaking up the company could mean that only one unit has to declare bankruptcy.
In late June, the life of IBEW 1245 member Tim Gillaspie was cut short far too soon. Gillaspie, who worked as a PG&E Senior Compliance Inspector, was shot and killed while attending a dinner party in Rincon Valley with his family at a friend’s house. According to reports, the gunman, armed with two firearms and… [Read More]
The devastating Carr Fire continues to rage through Shasta county, and hundreds of IBEW 1245 members are on the scene in Redding to begin the demanding and arduous restoration process. PG&E has dispatched dozens of Local 1245 crews to the Redding area, and the City of Santa Clara is also sending a 10-person mutual aid… [Read More]
IBEW 1245 will have union staff and business reps on site at the Carr Fire base camp over the next week. Members are welcome to contact the on-site reps if they need union assistance or have questions. Sunday 07/29: Kyle Whitman (530) 777-8359, Bob Gerstle (530) 313-0933 Monday 07/30: Keith Hopp (530) 788-8222, Mike Adayan… [Read More]
Thanks to climate change, California’s fire season – which used to begin at the very end of summer or early fall – is now longer and more destructive than ever. For a prime example of this new normal, look no further than the Pawnee fire, which tore through 15,000 acres in Lake County in late… [Read More]
During a recent camping trip, PG&E Oakdale Lineman Jeff Jones, a 16 year member of IBEW 1245, was seriously injured by a generator malfunction. He was immediately airlifted to UCD Hospital in Sacramento, and is now a facing a lengthy recovery. His family could use our support during this challenging time. Cash donations can be given to… [Read More]