In the last few weeks, IBEW 1245 has received numerous messages from concerned members regarding what, if anything, should be done in response to the PG&E Chapter 11 bankruptcy “proof of claim” forms that the Company has sent by mail to our membership and retirees. After consultation with our bankruptcy attorneys, we have the following important information and instructions:
- IBEW 1245 will file a collective proof of claims on behalf of all current employees, as well as any retiree who has made less than $250,000 in gross income during the one-year period between January 29, 2018 and January 29, 2019. This collective proof of claims will cover all rights and claims arising out of IBEW 1245’s collective bargaining agreements with PG&E, including (but not limited to) grievances, wages, working conditions, letter agreements, and benefits for both current employees and retirees. No independent action is required from our members or retirees to assert or preserve these rights and claims.
- If you are a retiree who has made $250,000 or more in gross income during the period of January 29, 2018 to January 29, 2019, you will likely need to file your own separate proof of claim form. If you need guidance or assistance in this regard, please contact Sonja Simmons-Scott by emailing her at SSS3@IBEW1245.com.
- For any rights or claims that relate to employment at PG&E, but which don’t arise out of IBEW 1245’s collective bargaining agreements, such as workers’ compensation, FMLA, or claims made pursuant to state or federal wage and hour laws, you will need to file your own separate proof of claim to assert and preserve that specific right or claim against PG&E. Likewise, any rights or claims that arise outside of the scope of employment with PG&E, including any damages incurred as the victim of a wildfire, will need to be addressed in a separate proof of claim form. If you need help determining whether to file a separate proof of claim, you may contact Sonja Simmons-Scott using the information above.
- IBEW 1245 will continue to process grievances according to the procedures established within its collective bargaining agreements unless and until those agreements are modified through the bankruptcy process.