Beyond the tight labor market, there is the challenge of enlisting a certain kind of worker for the difficult and dangerous job. To trim trees well, especially the 200-footers in the Sierra Nevada forests, contractors must be strong and agile, and able to handle fear and adrenaline surges.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s contract with one of its largest tree-trimming contractors ended as state regulators and a federal judge ratcheted up the pressure to bolster the utility’s vegetation management program.
Desplácese hacia abajo para español It’s been a very busy quarter in the trees, as you will see in the reports below. A system-wide realignment of tree contractors has caused many members to either move or start with a new employer. Additionally, two of our larger prime contractors have left the system, and new contractors… [Read More]
Desplácese hacia abajo para español “Headache!” IBEW 1245 member Crystal Dimodica shouts from the top of a large pine tree, using the common utility safety phrase to indicate that something is falling from above. “Clear!” her co-worker down below hollers back to her, and moments later, a hefty branch comes tumbling down to the ground…. [Read More]
desplácese hacia abajo para español From the Accelerated Vegetation Reduction Plan that began in September, to the Camp Fire in November, there was no shortage of work for our line clearance tree trimmers as 2018 came to close. And as 2019 began, we received word of changes coming to PG&E’s regionalization plans for routine work. … [Read More]
desplácese hacia abajo para español Dear Local 1245 member working in vegetation management: Thank you for your sacrifice and hard work to help PG&E prevent future forest fires. Local 1245 is in constant communication with PG&E about your work, and we know of changes coming in the future. By the time you see this letter,… [Read More]
In 2018, the IBEW 1245 Keep the Clearance peer committee set a goal to surpass close call reporting of 104 close calls reported in 2017. That effort included focusing on events and locations where tree trimmers were present and asking them to report close call incidents anonymously. Close calls are not classified as accidents since… [Read More]
desplácese hacia abajo para español When PG&E launched its Accelerated Wildfire Risk Reduction plan in September of 2018, upwards of 1,500 line clearance tree workers from 29 different contractors flooded in to IBEW 1245’s jurisdiction to begin work on the massive project, which involves clearing all vegetation within 12 feet of the conductor on more… [Read More]
Desplácese hacia abajo para español. Shortly after the first of September, PG&E announced an Accelerated Wildfire Risk Reduction plan to begin immediately, with the intent to bring in an additional 3,000 to 4,000 workers to take part in removing trees and other vegetation. To put this into perspective, Local 1245 has around 1,800 Line Clearance… [Read More]
The climate is changing, and our energy infrastructure needs to change with it. That’s why IBEW 1245 spearheaded the passage of comprehensive wildfire legislation in California this year, in order to protect our communities, our members, and our state from the devastating effects of the wildfires that we’ve now come to accept as the “new… [Read More]