The power is in our hands
The agreement that we have secured in the midst of one of the biggest and most costly corporate bankruptcies in American history is nothing short of monumental. Traditionally, when companies go bankrupt, it’s the workers who end up paying the price — but due to our diligence and the power we’ve successfully built together, we’ve managed to not only keep everything we had, but actually come out ahead in the end. This is truly unheard-of, and it speaks volumes to both the enormous power in our union, as well as the inherent value that our members provide to the company and the communities they serve.
“The paramedics told us that if we hadn’t been there doing CPR, he wouldn’t have made it,” said IBEW 1245 member Ben Segura. “It was definitely a group effort, everyone did their part that day. We all worked together; we just wanted to make sure he pulled through."
We remain strongly committed to protecting our members from many impacts of these closures. This includes avoiding any involuntary layoffs; pushing for voluntary severance opportunities; finding openings in CSO offices near where affected members live; finding opportunities in other lines of progression near where affected members live; and finding other opportunities for those qualified for other positions.
Plans are underway for a new state-of-the-art JATC training center — but the grand opening of that facility is still a year away, so in the meantime, the JATC has found a temporary, part-time home in Sacramento, at the site of a former Campbell’s Soup Factory.
“Doing the Heimlich on someone, well, it’s pretty personal,” Sisemore said. “It felt kind of weird … it was a little awkward. But I’m glad I had the training that I got from PG&E so I could help her.”
On October 23, the Kincade Fire broke out near The Geysers in Sonoma County, burning more than 120 square miles over two weeks before it was finally 100% contained. Hundreds of IBEW 1245 gas and electric crews were quickly dispatched to the scene to make the area safe and begin restoration work.
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16-year IBEW 1245 member Robert Smith has won the quarterly photo contest. His winning photo depicts helicopter-assisted linework from a unique vantage point.
Colby Kyle, a 26-year-old outside line traveler from IBEW Local 852 out of Mississippi, had been working in IBEW 1245's jurisdiction for approximately five months. According to police reports, he was driving a line truck for Wilson Construction in the Garberville area on Oct. 25 when the vehicle went off the road and down a steep embankment.
Point of Pride: IBEW 1245 Members Take Home Trophies from International Lineman’s Rodeo
California’s hard-working line clearance tree trimmers deserve top-notch training, safe jobs and fair wages – and thanks to strong advocacy from IBEW Local 1245, a new state law will soon go into effect that enshrines these workplace standards into law for all IBEW tree trimmers.
The times, they are a-changing, and the way we communicate is changing as well. We are urging each and every member 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.