IBEW Local 57 Business Manager Brent Donohue travelled from Utah to express his thanks to IBEW Local 1245 at the union’s October Advisory Council meeting at Weakley Hall.
Local 57 represents approximately 2,400 outside construction, utility and telephone workers in Utah, as well as parts of Wyoming and Idaho. Local 1245 and Local 57 work together on the Utility Coordinating Council #7, along with six other locals that represent workers at Berkshire Hathaway-owned utilities.
“IBEW 1245 has made a huge difference in the Utility Coordinating Council #7. The successes that we have had wouldn’t have taken place if it wasn’t for your Executive Board, Tom, and his staff and the leadership that they have provided,” Donohue told the Advisory Council. “So I just want to say thanks a lot to 1245. Because of the Council coming together, we’re at a different place than we were before it was formed.”
The Coordinating Council was formed to make common cause among unions dealing with Berkshire Hathaway, which took over NV Energy in recent years. In response, the company’s hard-nosed attitude toward its unions appears to have softened and its CEO has made positive steps toward improving relations.