NV Energy announced on May 29 that it had agreed to be acquired by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.
IBEW Local 1245’s initial reaction to this news is negative. We know the great damage that MidAmerican has inflicted on the workers and utility customers of Iowa, Utah, Illinois and Oregon. We have contacted our labor attorneys, regulatory attorneys, the national and state AFL-CIO, the International Office of the IBEW, Senator Reid’s office, the political and media consultants who helped us with our Shame on NV Energy campaign, and the International President of the culinary workers union
We will give MidAmerican the benefit of the doubt, but we will also be prepared for the greatest fight of Local 1245’s and MidAmerican’s life if their intention for Nevada is the wholesale dismantling of our contract as has been the case in Iowa, Utah, and Oregon.
We have scheduled a meeting for our Nevada staff, political staff, organizers, attorneys, and consultants for early June. If MidAmerican comes in peace, we will meet them in peace and work with them. If they come to fight, we will fight them.
We will post periodic updates here as we learn more and decide our course of action.