IBEW 1245 is pleased to welcome PG&E’s Aviation Services Flight Core Schedulers and Dispatchers, the latest workgroup at PG&E to vote in favor of joining IBEW 1245. This lively and energetic unit of 10 is made up of six dispatchers and four schedulers who are responsible for scheduling and dispatching fixed winged aircraft, helicopters, and drones.
The organizing effort began on October 16, 2023, when PG&E Flight Core Scheduler Jaime O’Reilly contacted the 1245 union hall to inquire about organizing her workgroup at PG&E Aviation Services located at Vacaville Nut Tree Airport. Their main issues at work included safety, wages, and additional assigned duties outside of classification. The organizing team met with each member of the unit in three separate meetings. By the third meeting, every member of the unit had signed a card in favor of unionization.
We filed the petition for union election on December 15, 2023, and the election was held on January 17, 2024. The unit won their election with a vote count of 7 -3. The organizing team was there to witness the vote and the screams of excitement as the news of the election was delivered to the unit. The unit will transition to our negotiations team on February 8, 2024, to start the process of bargaining, as they will be accreted into 1245’s existing physical unit at PG&E.
–Charlotte Stevens, IBEW 1245 Staff Organizer