Tom Dalzell, Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, which represents over 12,000 workers at PG&E, released the following statement today in response to Pacific Gas and Electric’s reported exploration of a gas system sale:
“Nobody knows exactly what kind of sale of the gas business is possible, let alone likely. But what is certain is that we will do everything possible to keep the G in PG&E, and we will make sure our members are always treated fairly.
“The dedicated, highly-skilled employees at PG&E are among the very best in America. The work they put in to the complete upgrade of the Northern California gas system over the past eight years is unparalleled and our union will make sure their efforts are recognized and rewarded regardless of ownership.”
In 2018, IBEW 1245 advocated for the inclusion of a number of key worker protections in the language of SB 901 (Dodd) – also known as the Wildfire Conference Committee bill — which would be triggered in the event of any sort of change of ownership at PG&E. The standard adopted in the law is based on the recognition by the California Legislature that electric and gas service are essential services. In SB 901, California has enshrined into law some of the most robust utility worker protections in the nation, and our union is committed to ensuring that these protections are enforced in accordance with the law.
Local 1245 represents 12,000 PG&E employees, including several thousand natural gas workers. Learn more at www.IBEW1245.com.