UNION REPRESENTING PG&E WORKERS REACTS TO PUC PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS ON SAFETY
Dalzell: “Comments suggesting that PG&E is too big to promote safety are misguided.”
For Immediate Release
April 9, 2015
Contact: Eric Wolfe/(925) 285-9059
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, which represents thousands of gas and electrical workers at PG&E, released the following statement today in reaction to recent comments made by California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker.
“Since the San Bruno explosion, PG&E has improved the safety of its system and is working towards the goal of making it one of the world’s safest. We know this is the case because our members are the ones who are putting on their gloves and hardhats every day working to make the system safer,” said IBEW 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell. “Tremendous progress has been made in the past five years, progress that has been noted by national organizations.
“Comments suggesting that PG&E is too big to promote safety are misguided. In fact, a large organization sharing resources and best practices is necessary to ensure safety.
“To say that violations have increased misses the point that the Company has been much more rigorous in self-reporting problems and the PUC has been much more vigilant in its own enforcement.”
IBEW Local 1245 represents nearly 20,000 energy industry workers across the west. Learn more at www.IBEW1245.com.