Face-to-face connection is one of the most important tools in any union organizer’s toolbox, which begs the question — how can organizers and union activists continue to build power for the union and the labor movement in the era of COVID-19, when in-person contact is likely to be limited for months to come? The full… [Read More]
Our movement has a rich tradition of standing in solidarity with movements demanding civil rights. Many unions stood shoulder to shoulder with Dr. King and other leaders to march for equality. We of center low-wage workers of color in our fight for economic justice. But what’s painfully clear is that we, as a movement, haven’t… [Read More]
As a California State Assemblymember, Christy Smith has proven to be a strong ally of IBEW 1245 and its members. In 2019, she voted in favor of the IBEW 1245-backed wildfire bill (AB 1054) as well as our bill to improve wages and benefits for our line clearance tree trimmers (SB 247). When Smith announced… [Read More]
The single sheet of paper, hung on a bulletin board among operating rules and invasive weed awareness posters, announced that Tahoe- Truckee Sanitation Agency management interfered with employee rights. Required to be displayed where employee notices are posted and sent in electronic form as well, the paper summarizes a 69-page report from California’s Public Employment… [Read More]
On April 15, 2020, the City of Pittsburg officially recognized IBEW 1245 as the bargaining representative for utility lineworkers, utility technicians, and maintenance technicians at Island Energy in Vallejo. Pittsburg Power Company, the city’s electric and gas utility, has a franchise service agreement to provide electric and natural gas services on Vallejo’s Mare Island peninsula,… [Read More]
Eighteen months after voting to join IBEW Local 1245, the call center representatives at Energy Choice California (ECC) in Santa Rosa have ratified their very first collective bargaining agreement. The three-year agreement (last, best and final offer) was unanimously approved by the new members, and went into effect on February 17, 2020. Wages were among… [Read More]
The National Labor Relations Board finalized a rule this week that critics warn could make unionizing “nearly impossible for workers” at a moment when employees across the nation are fighting for stronger protections against the coronavirus pandemic.
Working long hours and exposed to large volumes of customers, essential retail store workers are unsung heroes who are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, the state and its leaders must do everything in their power to support these retail workers.
At the end of 2016, I became involved with the union, thanks to longtime IBEW 1245 Organizing Steward Steve Marcotte. He never gave up on recruiting me to be an Organizing Steward, and he always said that I would be good at it. At first, I was unsure if it would be something I would… [Read More]
Solar power is one of the world’s fastest growing renewable energy sources, and there’s no doubt that solar has played and will continue to play a big role in helping California meet its ambitious clean-energy goals. In fact, many IBEW 1245 members employed by public and private utilities and contractors have been working for years… [Read More]