Seven-year IBEW 1245 member Mike Tilden has joined the union staff as a Business Rep. He will be working with PG&E T200 & T300 members in Stockton Division (Angels Camp, Jackson, Tiger Creek, McDonald Island, Victor, Tracy, Stockton, & Manteca).
“I joined the staff because this work is important to me. IBEW renewed my sense of pride and purpose in my work that I’d lost in previous jobs,” said Tilden. “The privilege and opportunity to represent the membership is something I don’t take lightly. I’ve been able to hit the ground running under Business Rep Rey Mendoza’s coaching, and am looking forward to working with the team to persevere through any and all challenges that lie ahead.”
Brother Tilden is a Marine Corps veteran, proudly serving from 2004 to 2013. After a few years working various maintenance and construction jobs, he found employment at PG&E, and spent seven years working at the Vacaville Grid Control Center as a Electric Transmission System Operator and System Dispatcher. An outspoken union advocate, Tilden served as an IBEW 1245 Shop Steward, Organizing Steward, and inaugural Chairman of the Regulate the Voltage Peer to Peer Safety Committee. He also served as a delegate to the IBEW Ninth District Progress Meeting and Membership Development Conference, and has supported the IBEW 1245 Organizing program in numerous capacities (phone banks, door-knocking, canvassing, hand-billing at the Capitol, and working with the Alameda Labor Council on political campaigns.)
“My favorite thing about being an IBEW member is definitely the camaraderie,” he added. “I loved being a Marine because in that life, everyone cared about each other … It was a family – a true brotherhood,” he said, noting the similarities between the military and the union. “I’ve found that sense of camaraderie in IBEW, and it makes the hard work worth it.”
In his free time, Tilden enjoys traveling and exploring new places with his wife, Briana. His hobbies include going to the movies, watching sports, and reading and listening to history podcasts. A lover of animals, Tilden currently shares his home with four dogs and two cats.