The power is in our hands
One day after a large group of IBEW 1245 activists descended on the Capitol to demonstrate their support for the bill, the California State Assembly passed AB 1054, a critical piece of legislation that will reform and modernize our state’s policies regarding wildfires that involve utility equipment.
Vicente “Bobo” Piuela has dreamed of being a lineman ever since he was a young boy -- but no company would ever hire him, due to the fact that he's been deaf since childhood. But that hasn't stopped Bobo from amassing an astounding degree of expertise about linework, as well as a truly remarkable collection of lineman memorabilia.
“This campaign is a true demonstration of the influence and power that organized labor brings to the table, and is a great example of how we can work across party lines to help those politicians who are friends of labor."
The union clearly articulated its position in a May 15, 2019 filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court overseeing the PG&E bankruptcy case, stating, “By most accounts, the reorganization process may take years and require coordinated action by a number of authorities including the California legislature, CPUC, and this Court. The victims affected by recent fires cannot wait for these processes to align and will benefit greatly from immediate access to assistance.”
Click here to learn why IBEW 1245 firmly opposes utility takeovers and acquisitions.
Five IBEW 1245 members from SMUD voluntarily joined the pilot project, aiming to bring power to some of the 15,000 unelectrified homes in Navajo territory.
In downtown San Francisco, there’s always a lot to see. But there’s one thing you won’t see much of in downtown SF anymore – overhead power lines.
His winning image, captured during a pole change-out job on Treasure Island, depicts an apprentice lineman on a pole with the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge as the backdrop.
Addressing potential fire hazards over such a massive area is a herculean endeavor, and IBEW 1245 members undoubtedly have their work cut out for them – but they are more than up for the task, and our union currently has dozens of crews working in every corner of the service territory to mitigate wildfire risk as much as they possibly can.
Dimodica has been working as an IBEW 1245 line clearance tree trimmer for just over a year, first for Davey Tree, and now for Wright Tree. The petite 27-year-old woman may not look like your average tree trimmer, but anyone who’s seen her work can tell that she has clearly found her calling.
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.