In early May, IBEW 1245 Organizing Stewards Arnaldo Lizarraga (Trayer), Mark Goodwin (PG&E Gas) and Phuong Tran (PG&E Gas) attended a comprehensive new organizing training in the East Bay, hosted by the IBEW 9th District. They were joined by IBEW organizers from Los Angeles, Seattle, Colorado and San Diego, and the group spent three intensive… [Read More]
Archives for May 2019
Highlights from California Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery Draft Report
The California Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery created by SB 901 last year issued a Draft Report on May 29. The key issues addressed: Inverse condemnation/strict liability: The draft report states that this policy has “destabilized the state’s energy sector with the largest utilities facing increasing costs of capital and an imminent threat… [Read More]
PG&E Creditors to Boost Restructuring Plan to $45 Billion (via Bloomberg)
A group of PG&E Corp. creditors could preempt the embattled California utility’s own attempt to claw its way out of bankruptcy by presenting a restructuring plan that could be worth at least $45 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
SB 329: New IBEW-Backed Natural Disaster Law Aims to Mitigate Wildfire Risk in Nevada
On May 22, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed SB 329 (Brooks) into law. This new natural disaster bill requires the state, its regulators and its utilities to take prudent steps to reduce the frequency and intensity of wildfires by adopting new forest management practices, undertaking fuel reduction and vegetation trimming, and requiring the hardening of… [Read More]
California wildfire commission recommends easing liability rules for utilities (via UtilityDive)
A draft report released Wednesday by California’s Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery recommends changing the state’s strict inverse condemnation rules for utilities, or for the legislature to establish a “large and broadly sourced” Wildfire Victims Fund.
Draft workgroup report by California’s Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery (Executive Summary via Governor’s Office of Planning and Research)
The workgroup reports are the products of the workgroups established at the April 29th commission meeting, and represent consensus thinking of the members of a given workgroup. The executive summary, compiled by commission staff, is an attempt to reconcile the recommendations of the three workgroups into one cohesive set of proposed recommendations for discussion and… [Read More]
Letter Agreement 19-17: Retaining and Attracting Division Electric T&D and GC Line Personnel at Specified HQs
Fresno Clerical Unit Meeting Change for June
Unit #1110, Fresno Clerical (PM), has changed its next unit meeting date from June 5 to June 12. The time and location will remain the same. –Gracie Nunez Clark, IBEW 1245 Business Rep
Bankruptcy Court Order Authorizing PG&E to Establish and Fund a Wildfire Victim Assistance Program
Video: PG&E CEO talks wildfires, public trust, multi-million dollar salary (via KCRA News)
Just three weeks into his new job, Johnson sat down with KCRA’s Edie Lambert to talk about wildfires, his plan for the company moving forward and regaining public trust.
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