In 2016, IBEW Local 1245 released a comprehensive history book, entitled “Fist Full of Lightning.” As a companion to that book, the Local is also producing a series of short videos that highlight the unique and storied history of the local union from its earliest days.
On January 29, PG&E received a report of a mudslide that threatened the stability of a transmission tower near highway 24 in Orinda. To ensure that the tower remained in place and functional, the area around the tower needed to be shored up — no easy feat, given the back-to-back rainstorms and excessively muddy conditions on the hillside — and dozens of Local 1245 members were dispatched to address the issue.
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Hydroelectric power is something that most people have heard about, but few are truly familiar with precisely how it works. To better understand this unique process, the Utility Reporter took a trip out to Helms Pumped Storage Plant to learn about hydro first-hand from the Local 1245 members who keep the plant running.
The early days of Trump’s presidency have been telling: he may have campaigned as a populist, but he is governing like a hard-right billionaire. His presidency is shaping up to be the most virulently anti-union in modern times, and there is no check on his power – he will meet little resistance in the legislative branch, and is close to having the judicial branch sewn up as well.
It’s no secret that so-called “right-to-work” legislation is 100% wrong for working families. Workers in states with right-to-work laws have lower wages, fewer benefits, higher poverty rates and more workplace fatalities. So when a new right-to-work bill came up in the New Hampshire state legislature this year, IBEW Local 1245 quickly volunteered to send a team of organizers across the country to help defeat the union-busting legislation.
Local 1245 press statement in response to PG&E’s voluntary non-compliance statement issued to the CPUC
Flanked by eighty-three newly minted Organizing Stewards, the IBEW 1245 Advisory Council and Executive Board, a delegation of Salvadoran Electrical Workers Union (STESEC) joined together with a room filled with Local 1245 members to cement a newly launched sister relationship between IBEW 1245 and STESEC.
A big blizzard is generally a celebrated event in the Tahoe area, but heavy snowfall also means a significantly higher-than-average number of outages across the region. The utility company that services the area, Liberty Energy, needed reinforcements, so they called in a dozen Local 1245 outside line crews to get the power back on.
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The workers at Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) have been fighting for union representation for decades. But despite being met with aggressive hostility and union-busting from their employer, these workers refused to give up. In fact, they doubled down, and they enlisted help from several utility locals, including Local 1245, to support the organizing effort.
IBEW members who work for the City of Vallejo will be getting their first general wage increase in nine years. thanks to a newly ratified agreement.