On Wednesday, May 29, 19 PG&E retirees met at the IBEW 1245 union hall in Vacaville for a briefing on the PG&E bankruptcy. The meeting was the result of systematic outreach by Organizer Fred Ross as the union explores new ways to mobilize our current and former members to advocate for our membership in the context of the bankruptcy.
Senior Assistant Business Manager Bob Dean gave a comprehensive overview of the bankruptcy proceedings, the context leading to bankruptcy, and the challenges going forward. Business Reps Keith Hopp and Lou Mennel joined Ross and fellow Staff Organizers Rene Cruz Martinez and Eileen Purcell to support the event.
The attendees, who had an average tenure of 30 years with the company, also discussed jump-starting a Local 1245 Retirees Club chapter in the Vacaville/Sacramento area. The group wholeheartedly concurred that they want to start up the club. Hopp offered to staff the group, and Mennel will serve as backup.
The next meeting of the retirees will take place on June 20 at 10am.