IBEW 1245 Outside Construction Gas and Electric Inspectors have voted overwhelmingly to approve their respective tentative agreements. Electric Inspector Agreement YES 142 NO 3 Gas Inspector Agreement YES 67 NO 0 View the official vote tally here.
Archives for May 2020
Do CSRs Belong in the Drug-Testing Pool? PHMSA Says No
In 2017, PG&E determined that it had likely committed a violation of federal regulations enforced by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) by failing to drug test hundreds of employees in customer service roles, including call center and local office customer service representatives (CSR), in addition to electric and gas service dispatchers…. [Read More]
California Regulators Back PG&E Bankruptcy Plan (via NY Times)
The California Public Utilities Commission, whose approval is needed when utilities’ bankruptcy reorganization plans will require ratepayer funds, voted 5 to 0 in favor of PG&E’s proposal. The bankruptcy court’s approval is also required to wrap up the case. PG&E sought bankruptcy protection in January 2019 after it amassed $30 billion in liabilities related to wildfires caused… [Read More]
Essential Worker Stories: Damien Padilla
14-year IBEW 1245 member Damien Padilla, who works as a cable crew foreman (underground) for PG&E in San Francisco, describes his experience as an essential worker on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essential Worker Stories: Mary Holte
Four-year IBEW 1245 member Mary Holte, who works as a vegetation work planner for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), describes her experience as an essential worker on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essential Worker Stories: Michael Patterson
18-Year IBEW 1245 member Michael Patterson, who works as an electrician for the City of Oakland, shares his experience as an essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PG&E utility replacement if safety woes persist: Golden State Energy (via San Jose Mercury News)
PG&E would be replaced by a non-profit company called Golden State Energy if the disgraced utility operates unsafely and causes more catastrophes such as wildfires or explosions, under the provisions of a proposed state bill to be debated before a legislative panel Thursday. The legislation, SB 350, is wending its way through the state Legislature… [Read More]
Letter Agreement 20-33: Electric Locator Assessment – Update to LA 19-28
Letter Agreement 20-36: Gas System Operations – Revision to Apprentice Distribution
Letter Agreement 20-34: Gas System Operations – Revision to Apprentice Transmission Gas System Operator
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