IBEW Local 125

When snow and ice hit, union members were the first to respond

During severe weather, hundreds of union-represented workers keep the region running, from electric linemen to snowplow and bus operators.

Marcy Grail departs IBEW

Marcy Grail left IBEW Local 125 for a position at Kiewit. Russell Smith was appointed to succeed her as assistant business manager.

Utility line workers compete at Lineman Rodeo

The contest tests utility line workers for speed, safety and trade skills, and raises money for the Oregon Burn Center.

IBEW tree trimmer talks heat up

Tree trimmers represented by IBEW Local 125 rejected the final offer from a group of employers, paving the way for escalating action.

Pacific Power linemen ratify new contract

The contract raises wages, increases the 401(k) match, and adds sick leave hours and floating holidays for 285 utility workers.

Tree trimmers reject tentative agreement

A IBEW Local 125 unit of about 430 tree trimmers last month rejected a tentative agreement by an overwhelmingly margin—98%, with turnout of about 60%.

Homecoming for Liz Shuler

In 1993 U of O grad Liz Shuler went to work at Portland-based IBEW Local 125, her father’s local. Today she’s America’s top union leader.

Liz Shuler elected AFL-CIO president

She succeeds Rich Trumka, who died Aug. 5. Shuler, AFL-CIO secretary treasurer since 2009, is the first woman to hold the office of president.

Bill Miller, Jr., 1948-2021

Miller was business manager of Portland-based IBEW Local 125 when the Enron scandal robbed PGE lineman of retirement savings.

IBEW’s Marcy Grail to chair Energy Facility Siting Council

The council is responsible for large electric generating facilities, transmission lines, gas pipelines, and radioactive waste disposal sites.

TransAlta shuts first of two coal-fired power plants in Centralia

The closure means layoff for 64 workers, but thanks to a $55 million coal transition fund, they'll get a lump sum payment of about $44,000.

Travis Eri unopposed for a sixth three-year term at IBEW 125

Local 125 represents electric utility workers, power line clearance tree trimmers, and workers who construct and maintain transmission lines and substations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.

IBEW Local 125 appeals for funds for man burned in an unprovoked attack at Denny’s

Burns are one of the biggest hazards for the outside linemen Local 125 represents.

IBEW Local 125’s Marcy Grail named to Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council

She will complete the unexpired term of John Mohlis.

Google Fiber pulls the plug on Portland

Google is putting planned fiber roll-outs in Portland and other cities on hold.

Will Google Fiber be installed union in Portland?

The company's $300 million high-speed Internet rollout could spell years of work for hundreds of union linemen.

IBEW 125 members ratify contract at Pacificorp

About 320 workers will get 2 percent raises in the new four-year deal.

IBEW Local 125 Pickets Pacific power headquarters

The company wants to shift more of its health care costs onto workers.

IBEW Local 125 authorizes strike at Pacific Power

Local 125 members are tired of making concessions to profitable PacifiCorp.

IBEW Local 125 pickets Pacific Power in Portland

Pacific Power plays hardball against workers seeking to make up for previous concessions