During this difficult and uncertain COVID-19 outbreak, we understand that IBEW 1245 members at PG&E have questions and concerns. The union has been in contact with the company to get answers to the questions that have come up the most. The FAQ can be found below, and will be updated as needed to provide more info to our members.
If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please contact your business rep.
How does an employee update an expired I.D.?
There are two options to get a new badge.
By email: Send an email to BadgeID@pge.com, and be sure to include a picture of the expired badge, both front and back, and a delivery address for the new badge. Once the new badge is received, call 415-973-1220 to activate the new badge.
In person: Stop by the SF General Office (77 Beale Street, Room 1B29) or San Ramon office (3301 Crow Canyon Center, Room# J116) to receive a new badge on the spot.
Note: Regardless of the expiration date, badges should remain active and work as usual. However, if members are using the badges with law enforcement or other agencies, they may run into issues with the expired date.
Will PG&E issue ‘permission to travel’ documents for employees to show customers or authorities as needed?
The company has said that it expects the employee badge to be sufficient. If there are specific issues, they will address them on a case by case basis.
Is the company willing to relax vacation carry-over policies due to employees having to cancel vacation due to the virus and operational concerns?
Not at this time. PG&E says it would not pay excess vacation until next February, so they are not prioritizing evaluating this policy at this point in time.
Members are still having supply chain issues and use issues around N95 masks and gloves. What is the policy on this?
The company says it is restricting use of N95 masks and gloves to customer-facing work roles. There still isn’t clarity in the work force as to why it is restricted, and broad employee groups are trying to order as they think it adds to their safety. Suzanne is leading an effort to provide more communication that aligns with medical advice on how to keep safe. The company has worked out processes on masks and gloves with the approved groups; if there are any issues from these groups, Mark Rozario in EOC can help resolve them.
As of March 26, the company has approximately 500,000 N95 masks in stock with 600,000 on order. They are following CDC guidelines on targeted use and application, and this will be discussed on a call with Safety and our Safety Consultants advising the company in this area of policy and use. The company says that this communication would clearly address the issues that have been raised and would be out and cascaded today.