The Control the Pressure peer safety initiative for gas workers is the fastest-growing of the unionâ€™s three peer-to-peer safety groups. CTP has added eight new members since July 2013. Most of the new stewards are in their 20s and 30s and are very interested in the program, reported Rich Lane, who is the IBEW 1245 Business Representative overseeing the peer safety program. There are now 34 members of Control the Pressure peer initiative.
CTP members are planning their safety stewardsâ€™ summit on May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Business Manager Tom Dalzell has been attending PG&E GC Gas safety kick-offs with Senior Assistant Business Manager Joe Osterlund and Business Representative Rich Lane. Tom speaks about the changes that have taken place and that will continue into the future, with particular emphasis on how gas has become its own operational entity.
Rich speaks to the group about the peer program and the importance of bringing safety stewards into Control the Pressure. GC gas employees have not yet become very involved in this peer safety initiative. The safety kick-offs, which number between 100-200 people, provide an opportunity to let these members know that the union is active and available to them.