The rash of wildfires have been keeping IBEW 1245 members busy all summer. In addition to the extensive utility work required to restore power, Local 1245 tree trimmers have also been dispatched to the fire zone to remove burned and damaged trees in close proximity to power lines, poles and towers.
Passing this bill is an enormous achievement that could never have happened without the quick and powerful mobilization that our organizing stewards and staff were able to achieve on less than 24 hours’ notice.
PG&E isn’t the only utility getting into the EV charging station business, but while most other companies are bringing in contractors to install the EV ports, PG&E opted to use its own IBEW 1245-represented employees to do the work. And the company selected IBEW 1245’s own union hall in Vacaville as the flagship location for its EV charger program.
The pro-worker forces in Missouri knew that overturning Right to Work would require a massive, powerful and highly skilled get-out-the-vote operation — so they called for reinforcements. IBEW 1245 answered the call, dispatching four two-person teams of organizing stewards to work with IBEW sister locals in St. Louis and Kansas City during the weeks leading up to the election.
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 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 communities that have been devastated by the fires.
It is with an exceedingly heavy heart that we announce the passing of IBEW 1245 member Jairus 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.
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.
IBEW 1245 member Andrew West, a PG&E lineman out of Grass Valley, has won the IBEW 1245 quarterly photo contest.
Healdsburg is not a big metropolis, but its population and tourism industry are growing, and thanks to a small but hard-working team of IBEW 1245 members, Healdsburg’s basic utilities and public services operate safely and efficiently for residents and visitors alike.
You’re probably going to hear a lot of doom-and-gloom talk about the Janus decision in the news and at work. But despite what the media and naysayers may claim, the truth is that no court decision or politician can stop us from standing together in a union to get a better deal for our hard work. It’s our right, and they can’t take that away.
The times, they are a-changing, and the way we communicate is changing as well. We are urging each and every member to log on to our secure web portal right away to make sure that the union has all your current personal contact info – particularly your personal email address and cell phone number – correct in our files.