Members Have the Power
At IBEW 1245, the members have the power. They elect from among themselves the union’s Business Manager, Officers, Executive Board members, Advisory Council members, and Unit Officers. More than 100 local unit meetings give all members a chance to participate. The members’ powers are spelled out in the IBEW 1245 By-Laws. Besides these formal powers, IBEW 1245 members also have opportunities to submit contract proposals, serve on bargaining committees, and vote by secret ballot on negotiated contracts.
Business Manager/Financial Secretary
The Business Manager, the union’s top officer, also serves as the union’s Financial Secretary and as a delegate to the IBEW’s International Convention. The IBEW 1245 By-Laws give the Business Manager broad executive powers to manage the business of the union on a day-to-day basis, including the authority to hire staff to help carry out the union’s mission of representing the members. The Business Manager serves for three years and can stand for re-election.
The officers of the union are Business Manager/Financial Secretary, President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. IBEW 1245 officers are also members of the Executive Board, with the exception of the Treasurer. The IBEW 1245 President is automatically a delegate to the IBEW’s International Convention. All IBEW 1245 members in good standing who are current in their dues are entitled to vote for the union’s officers. Officers serve for three years and can stand for re-election.
The Executive Board, which meets monthly, controls the union’s treasury and makes major decisions about union policies. Executive Board members are elected by the following specific constituencies/areas within the union: Northern California Area, Northern Nevada Area, Central Area, Southern Area, Line Clearance Tree Trimmers and Outside Construction, and At-Large PG&E General Construction. Executive Board members serve for three years and can stand for re-election.
The Advisory Council has 31 members, all elected by the members in their area. The Advisory Council meets quarterly and advises the Executive Board on policy matters. IBEW 1245 Founder Ron Weakley created the Advisory Council to make sure that members retain ultimate control over the union and its treasury. Under certain circumstances, the Advisory Council can overturn actions of the Executive Board. Advisory Council members serve for three years and can stand for re-election.
IBEW 1245 has over a hundred Units spread out over the union’s wide territory, giving members an opportunity to participate close to home.” Each Unit meets monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, depending on the unit’s circumstances. Each Unit has autonomy over matters pertaining to the Unit, including the election of Unit Chair, Vice Chair, Recorder and other unit officers. Through the IBEW 1245 Community Fund, Units are a key part of IBEW 1245’s effort to build bridges to the communities in which our members live and work.