IBEW 1245 represents approximately 600 Physical and Clerical workers at NV Energy (historically known as Sierra Pacific Power), providing electric and gas service for much of northern Nevada.
Employees at the utility first voted for representation on June 8, 1945, in the waning days of World War II. The oldest known agreement was negotiated in 1947. For more information about the early days, check out the NV Energy section in the on-line Local 1245 History.
Working in Nevada is challenging. Distances are great, weather can be extreme, and the political climate is sometimes hostile to unions. Nevada law prohibits the inclusion of union security clauses in labor agreements, which means that union-represented employees cannot be required to join the union or to pay their fair share of the cost of representation and the benefits it brings.
Nevertheless, throughout the years, a very high percentage of NV Energy employees have chosen to join and stick with the union. Why? Because it is obvious that collective bargaining provides greater strength and that if we don’t hang together–as Benjamin Franklin said–we will surely hang separately. For information on what more than 60 years of collective bargaining has produced, take a look at the NV Energy-IBEW labor agreement in the Agreements section of this website. If you’re an NV Energy employee who hasn’t yet joined the union, check out what the union has to offer in the New Members section of this website.
Local 1245 members provide NV Energy with the highly-skilled labor force it needs to deliver safe and reliable power to its customers. We’re proud of the work we do, the service we provide to Nevadans and the union tradition that we uphold.