Competing against local unions nationwide, the Utility Reporter captured a half dozen first place awards in the 2009 Labor Media Contest sponsored by the International Labor Communications Association. The awards were presented in September at the ILCA biennial convention in Pittsburgh, PA. “Water War: Members at TMWA Defeat Takeover” by Communications Director Eric Wolfe told the… [Read More]
Local 1245 Apprentice Lineman Aaron Thomas Dineen died Sept. 22 in an on-the-job accident in San Clemente, CA. Brother Dineen had recently been serving his apprenticeship out of Local 47 in southern California. His death is being investigated by Cal-OSHA. Family and friends will hold a celebration of Aaron’s life at The Cotton Wood Ranch… [Read More]
IBEW Local 1245 Business Representative John Mendoza became responsible for representing members at the South San Joaquin Irrigation District effective Sept. 14, 2009. A complete list of business reps and their areas of assignment can be found under “Ask Your Rep” at the top of the home page.
It’s an article of faith in the labor movement that progress is possible, that you can make things better, that it’s worth the fight. Local 1245 retirees held true to this belief in the years-long battle to get PG&E to pay more toward their medical premiums. They fought the good fight, and no one fought… [Read More]
Unit 1128, Lemoore, has a new meeting location. Going forward, meetings will be held at 788 East “D” St., Lemoore, CA. Meetings will continue to be held on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. Dates for the remainder of 2009 are: Sept. 10, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. Bob Dean, Business Rep.
Editor’s note: The following e-mail from Local 1245 Retiree Club member Walt Korus Jr. is printed here with his permission. To the Editor: I believe the most important part of health care reform is getting health care for all American citizens. At the last meeting of our retiree club I was really upset at the members… [Read More]
Dear I.B.E.W. Local 1245 Member, For the past 25 years, Merrill Lynch and I.B.E.W. Local 1245 have worked together to provide financial planning, pre-retirement preparation, and asset management information to P.G.&E. employees and their spouses who are at least 45 years of age or on LTD. In the past, Robert Gallo, Dave Brantley, and Jon… [Read More]
Editor’s note: This story by Robert Selna appeared Aug. 14 in the San Francisco Chronicle. The heavily polluting power plant on San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront would close by the end of next year under a legal settlement announced Thursday (Aug. 13) between Mirant Corp. and City Attorney Dennis Herrera. The 40-year-old fossil-fuel plant, which officials… [Read More]
Editor’s note: This story by Kristofer Noceda appeared June 5, 2009 in The Daily Review.It reports on retirement activities of Joel Ellioff, a long-time business representative for Local 1245. Reminders of some of Joel Ellioff’s most interesting experiences can be found on his collection of walking sticks. Ellioff, 66, spends endless hours carving stories and random designs into… [Read More]
Willie LaBarbera, left, a seven-year member in the Utility Services and Maintenance Unit at Modesto Irrigation District, is given the oath by President Mike Davis at the July 25th meeting of the Local 1245 Advisory Council in Vacaville. LaBarbera will represent Irrigation District members on the Advisory Council.