The following story by Jaxon Van Derbeken appeared Sept. 2, 2011 in the San Francisco Chronicle. CUPERTINO — Federal investigators are looking into the explosion of a leaky Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas line that devastated a Cupertino condominium, officials said Thursday. It took PG&E crews about an hour and a half to cut… [Read More]
The five-member National Transportation Safety Board cited PG&E‘s lax approach to pipeline safety and the inadequate oversight of two government agencies in the probable cause of the most devastating pipeline accident in a decade. “Our investigation revealed that for years, PG&E exploited weaknesses in a lax system of oversight,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman… [Read More]
The following story by Jaxon Van Derbeken appeared in the Aug. 21, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knew in 2008 that the San Bruno gas line that later exploded and the network of smaller pipes it fed had multiple potentially at-risk welds, but decided to spike the system’s pressure so it… [Read More]
Open enrollment for active employees at PG&E to make changes to their IBEW-negotiated medical benefit at Pacific Gas & Electric is Nov. 3 to 17. Open enrollment for retired employees is Oct. 19 to Nov. 2.
The following story by Eric Nalder was published Aug. 30, 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle. ASHBURN, VA. — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been unable to provide federal investigators with records showing where it got the pipe that exploded in San Bruno, officials said Monday – a failure that has major implications for… [Read More]
Each member of the NTSB investigation panel into the San Bruno explosion was asked to submit a “Root Cause and Final Recommendation” report. The following report was submitted by Local 1245 Business Rep Debbie Mazzanti, who served on the panel. Cause of the Explosion After many months of investigations, interviews, and inspections, it is… [Read More]
The following story by Jaxon Van Derbeken was published Aug. 7, 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s top officials were warned two months before the San Bruno pipeline explosion that gaps in the utility’s gas system records, upkeep and emergency response plan created an “unacceptable risk” of a disaster, documents… [Read More]
The Local 1245 Bargaining Committee for Physical negotiations at PG&E was in Vacaville this week, continuing to evaluate the union’s proposals in greater detail for preparation to meet with the company on September 7, when the all the proposals are on the table for consideration. We are in the process of forming several subcommittees (Gas… [Read More]
The Physical Committee was in Vacaville the week of July 25. We are still working on the justification of the union’s proposals in preparation for September 7 when we meet with the company. Our committee has researched and carefully considered all aspects of the proposals.
The Local 1245 Benefits Bargaining Committee plans to meet with the company on Tuesdays in September and October. Most union committee members met the week of July 18. We again reviewed and discussed the proposals of both parties. As previously reported no medical proposal has been submitted by either party. A subcommittee comprised of consultants… [Read More]