Whatever your opinion of recent political events, I think we can all agree on one thing: we live in interesting times. Volatility, in both the economic and political spheres, is the new norm. Economic spikes and shocks have led to crippling recession and all-time highs on the stock market. And we’ve gone from Barack Obama… [Read More]
Archives for February 2017
PG&E plans to start the initial DOT drug and alcohol testing the week of April 3, 2017 and complete the initial testing by the end of April 2017. Who is subject to DOT testing? A person is subject to drug testing when that person performs on a gas pipeline an operation, maintenance, or emergency response… [Read More]
When massive storms threatened the Oroville Dam spillway in early February, several PG&E crews were called in to remove wire and towers that were going to be in the emergency spill channel. IBEW Local 1245 members from PG&E completed the work the day before the lake started to spill from the emergency spill. The crews were… [Read More]
Hydroelectric power is something that most people have heard about, but few are truly familiar with precisely how it works. To better understand this unique process, the Utility Reporter took a trip out to Helms Pumped Storage Plant to learn about hydro first-hand from the Local 1245 members who keep the plant running. So how,… [Read More]
Photos from the 2017 San Jose Pin Dinner, which took place on Feb. 17, 2017
With winter comes snowstorms, and with normal snowstorms come power outages and emergency work for the tens of thousands of IBEW lineworkers. Even a few inches of snow and ice can knock out power for hundreds of thousands of people.
California’s Senate leader has introduced legislation that would require the state to draw all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. If passed, the bill would make the nation’s largest state the second to commit to a carbon-free grid.
Our deepest sympathies go out to PG&E Stockton Service Rep and Local 1245 member Jasmine Burton, who is mourning the tragic loss of her toddler son. More information can be found here. A voluntary vacation sale has been set up for PG&E employees, and information can be found here. Individuals can also support Burton and her… [Read More]
Despite staunch Democratic opposition that fueled three days of contentious debate, the Iowa Legislature on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that will dramatically scale back a four-decades-old collective bargaining law that governs union contract negotiations for the state’s public workers.