Local 1245 supports widowed IBEW linewife running for U.S. Senate, kicks off 2020 “Get Out the Vote” program She was a young mother, just 24 years old, and pregnant with her second baby, when Theresa Greenfield got the news that no linewife ever wants to hear. Her husband, Rod Wirtjes, who worked as a lineman… [Read More]
When a huge storm walloped the Midwest in early August, leaving more than 100,000 people without power in the “Quad Cities” area of Illinois and Iowa, the local utility, MidAmerican Energy, put out a call for mutual assistance to help them bring the power back on. Twelve IBEW 1245 members from NV Energy heeded the… [Read More]
As the 2020 legislative session wound to a close, California lawmakers were presented with a unique, time-limited opportunity to put people back to work in good union jobs, building new clean vehicle infrastructure and making essential school improvements – while simultaneously protecting students, teachers and parents from the spread of COVID-19. AB 841 (Ting), backed… [Read More]
The SCU Lightning Complex fire burned nearly 400,000 acres in five counties, leaving a path of devastation in its wake. Given the massive scope of the fire, IBEW members from multiple employers were called in to perform restoration in the impacted areas. In the Canyon Zone of the fire, IBEW 1245 members from Turlock Irrigation… [Read More]
IBEW Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell explains why he’s voting for Biden/Harris in the 2020 Presidential Election.
A secure retirement is like “Happy Days,” but pensions have not always existed for working people, nor were they provided by the good graces of the employer. The catalyst was the strength of union members joining together and speaking with one voice. It was the constant work of IBEW 1245 engaged with employers on our… [Read More]
CCAs are here to stay — they have become part of California’s energy community and represent a huge portion of the energy consumed by the state. But with power comes responsibility. It’s past time that they begin living up to that role, and put our shared climate goals – not themselves – first.
With so many large-scale changes facing the utility industry and the labor movement, IBEW 1245 remains focused on identifying and backing candidates who understand and support our positions on labor and energy policies. We are a single-issue organization, and the well-being of our members at work is our single issue. We understand that there are… [Read More]
As part of PG&E’s Safety Infrastructure Protection Team (SIPT), IBEW 1245 members Ashton Aaron Hodge and Trevor Dirksen were among the first on the scene when the CZU Lightning Complex Fire broke out in the mountains near Santa Cruz. They’d been working the fire for three days when Hodge learned that his own neighborhood, situated… [Read More]