The 3rd Annual Gas Construction/Locate & Mark Rodeo, co-sponsored by IBEW 1245 and PG&E, took place on May 20, 2017 at PG&E’s Livermore training facility. The day kicked off with a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem, sang by Oakland’s own Gas Crew Leader Rivers Pugh. As the Locate group began the “Locate from Hell” event,… [Read More]
Archives for May 2017
California released a white paper last week documenting the stunning decline of the customer base for investor-owned utilities in the state. Meanwhile, the state is facing more and more curtailments, negative electricity pricing, and, on top of it all, a looming solar eclipse. What can we learn about market design from the nation’s solar leader?… [Read More]
On May 4, 2017, the Keep the Clearance peer safety committee held its annual safety steward training. The day was filled with safety subjects specific to line clearance tree trimmers, presented by Hispanic Arborists Association Executive Director Jose Mercado. Topics included working around energized lines, working on lines under pressure from fallen trees, tree rescue, the employee’s… [Read More]
IBEW Local 1245 members in Outside Construction have overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement, by a margin of 94% Yes to 6% No. The official vote tally can be viewed here. The agreement with NECA also applies to IBEW Local 47 Outside Construction members, who similarly voted to approve the agreement, 93% Yes to 7% No…. [Read More]
In their first 100 days in power, the Trump administration and the Republican Congress have repealed and blocked worker safety regulations that were years, sometimes decades, in the making.
In what has now become an annual tradition, the IBEW 1245 Reno/Sparks Retirees Club once again collected fans to donate to low-income seniors who cannot afford air conditioning. The weather in Washoe County often exceeds 100 degrees in the summer months, and heat illness can be a serious condition among seniors. This year, the Retirees… [Read More]