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Posted: 4:22 PM EST

Shame on NV Energy, IBEW Local 1245 Retirees’ Club To Protest Outside PUCN Consumer Session on Monday


Protesters will present PUCN with Nevada Ratepayers' Bill of Rights at the consumer session
 

RENO, NV — The Shame on NV Energy community and the Reno/Sparks chapter of IBEW Local 1245 Retirees’ Club will protest outside the Public Utility Commission of Nevada’s (PUCN) October 3 consumer session. The group will present the PUCN, and any representatives of NV Energy that may be in attendance, with the Nevada Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights. Press is welcome. 



“Nevadans already pay the highest residential electricity rates of any Mountain state - all while CEO Michael Yackira pocketed over $5 million in compensation last year,” said NV Energy retiree Rita Weisshaar. “And with another rate hike in the pipeline, it's time to tell NV Energy: enough is enough!”



Nevadans Have a Right to be Heard – Sign Our Petition for a Nevada Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights

For too long, Nevada ratepayers have been without a voice.

We have watched helplessly as NV Energy raised rates, reduced customer service and broke promises – all the while showering executives like CEO Michael Yackira with excessive corporate compensation.

The Shame on NV Energy community has created a Nevada Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights that we will take – along with your signatures – to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. The Bill of Rights holds NV Energy accountable on rates, protects Nevadans from being overcharged while corporate compensation soars, ensures environmental standards are adhered to and makes ratepayers – not shareholders – the utility’s first priority.

Please read the Nevada Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights here, and if you agree, sign our petition by clicking here!
 

Posted: 1:23 PM EST

The Reno/Sparks chapter of IBEW Local 1245 Retirees’ Club took out a full page ad in today’s Reno Gazette-Journal inviting NV Energy Chairman Philip Satre to meet with them to discuss the company’s decision to slash health benefits for retirees.

 

The Reno/Sparks chapter of IBEW Local 1245 Retirees’ Club took out a full page ad in today’s Reno Gazette-Journal inviting NV Energy Chairman Philip Satre to meet with them to discuss the company’s decision to slash health benefits for retirees.

Posted: 3:10 PM EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2011
Contact: Rita Weisshaar, 775-722-2788
 

 

***NEWS RELEASE***

Shame on NV Energy Community Asks Board Chair Philip Satre to Release the Company’s Internal Report on the Ensign-Yackira Scandal

“Don’t Keep Us in the Dark – Release the Ensign-Yackira Report Now”

RENO, NV – Today, the Shame on NV Energy community sent an open letter to NV Energy Board Chair Philip Satre asking him to release the findings of an internal report on the company’s dealings with Douglas Hampton, the husband of Senator John Ensign’s mistress, who has been indicted on charges of illegally lobbying on the company’s behalf. The full text of the letter follows.

NEWS RELEASE: NV Energy Retirees File Federal Lawsuit Today Against Utility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2011
Contact: Rita Weisshaar, 775-722-2788

 

***NEWS RELEASE***
RETIRED NV ENERGY WORKERS FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST UTILITY 

NV Energy has refused to negotiate with retirees for eighteen months 
despite taking away benefits to which they already agreed 


 

RELEASE: NV Energy Shareholders Approve Accountability Measure Backed by Retirees

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2011
Contact: Rita Weisshaar, 775-722-2788

 

***NEWS RELEASE***



NV Energy Shareholders Approve Accountability Measure Backed by Retirees

Over one hundred Nevadans rally to support retirees and their efforts to usher
 in a new era of accountability at the embattled utility 


ADVISORY: Nevadans to Stand with Retirees in Protest of NV Energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2011
Contact: Rita Weisshaar, 775-722-2788
 

***PRESS ADVISORY***

NEVADANS TO STAND WITH RETIREES IN PROTEST OF NV ENERGY AT SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Over 2,500 online signatures collected in support of two accountability shareholder proposals


 

Pulling the plug on NV Energy's schocking greed - retirees propose shareholder resolutions for greater accountability

NV Energy made $227 million last year - a near 25% increase from the year before - while charging Nevadans the highest residential electricity rates of any Mountain State. And CEO Michael Yackira just got a raise, now making $5.3 million a year - a 42% increase from 2008.

To stop this shocking greed, company retirees are standing up to NV Energy by proposing two shareholder resolutions aiming to increase accountability at the utility. The shareholder meeting will take place in Las Vegas on May 3.

Former aide to Sen. John Ensign indicted by feds

Did you know that Senator John Ensign contacted NV Energy and asked CEO Michael Yackira to "hire" his mistress' husband? NV Energy and its executives, which had already poured over $50,000 into the senator's political causes, agreed to this unusual request.

Shame on NV Energy - Corporate Greed in Nevada That Will SHOCK You

Our most recent ad highlighting NV Energy's SHOCKING corporate greed ran in the Las Vegas Review Journal and Carson City Appeal. NV Energy announced it made $227 million in profits in 2010 - a near 25% increase from the year before. And, CEO Michael Yackira gave himself a raise to $5.3 million a year - a 42% increase since 2008 - on the backs of customers, workers and retirees. This type of corporate greed should shock you!

NV Energy said their profits came from "cost-control" efforts - eliminating electric line crews throughout Nevada and closing all but one customer service office in the state.

NV Energy also cut health care benefits to its 600 retirees when they needed it most - forcing them to pay 100% of all increases in their health care premiums while on a fixed income and refusing to negotiate with retirees for the last eighteen months.

 

 

An Open Letter to NV Energy Board Chairman Philip G. Satre from the 600 NV Energy Retirees

March 2nd, 2011

Philip G. Satre
Chairman of the Board
NV Energy, Inc.

Dear Mr. Philip G. Satre, As lifelong workers for NV Energy, we dedicated ourselves to providing Nevada with safe and reliable power – regardless of whether it was dead of night or dead of winter.

We were the first-responders when hazardous weather threatened our community. It was a commitment we were honored to keep – even when decades of bone-chilling conditions caused painful injuries, chronic conditions and forced many of us into retirement.

Nevada Journalist Andrew Barbano Rips NV Energy, Highlights Public Opinion Poll

Jan 16, 2011

Still Sierra Pacific Powerful
by Andrew Barbano

Last month, IBEW Local 1245/AFL-CIO, which has represented the utility’s workers since the Truman administration, conducted a poll of 1,000 likely voters. It found 82 percent supporting a plan to form a “citizen utility board” to represent ratepayers before the PUC. Just 10 percent opposed.

Posted: 5:10 PM EST

October 26, 2010


RETIRED NV ENERGY WORKERS LAUNCH ONLINE ACCOUNTABILITY CAMPAIGN
Online video, banner campaign to engage statewide audience

RENO, NV — NV Energy retirees launched a statewide online accountability information campaign today to protect the 600 retirees threatened by the company’s decision to slash promised health care benefits. The campaign comes a week after the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 issued a petition to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada requesting an investigation into the company’s failure to adequately plan for future staffing needs.

Posted: 5:05 PM EST

October 21, 2010


NEW POLL REVEALS NEVADANS CONCERNS WITH NV ENERGY
Recent service cuts, high electricity rates and corporate compensation fuel public dissatisfaction

RENO, NV – A recent statewide telephone poll conducted October 8-11 found that forty-four percent of Nevadans have an unfavorable view of NV Energy and that customers are deeply troubled by NV Energy’s corporate conduct.

The poll of 400 registered voters found that seventy-five percent of respondents are very concerned that NV Energy customers pay the highest residential utility rates of any Mountain state. Sixty-four percent of respondents said they had a great deal of concern about NV Energy CEO Michael Yackira earning $4.5 million.

Wednesday brought a first look at how Nevada's new electricity rate-recovery process will work, and that glimpse included word of a potential rate increase of just less than 5 percent for Southern Nevada customers of NV Energy.
Posted: 4:40 PM EST

October 19, 2010

IBEW LOCAL 1245 PETITIONS PUC OF NEVADA TO INVESTIGATE NV ENERGY
Utility’s Failure to Plan for Future Threatens Service Reliability and Safety

CARSON CITY, NV – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, representing more than 700 utility workers in northern Nevada, has filed a petition with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to investigate workforce staffing at NV Energy.

Posted: 4:34 PM EST

September 21, 2010

Retired Electrical Workers to Picket NV Energy
Group to protest cutbacks in health care benefits

Las Vegas, NV — Retired union electrical workers will protest cutbacks in their health care benefits at a rally in front of NV Energy corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, NV on Sept. 22, 2010.

Posted: 4:28 PM EST

September 13, 2010

Retirees Launch Statewide NV Energy Accountability Television Ad Campaign
Ad features Sylvester Kelley, an NV Energy retiree who earned a Purple Heart in
World War II and is now losing his healthcare benefits

RENO, NV — NV Energy retirees launched a statewide television accountability ad campaign today against their former employer to protect the 600 retirees threatened by the slashing of healthcare benefits.

The thirty-second television spot, which will run in both Las Vegas and Reno media markets, features Sylvester Kelley, an NV Energy retiree from Silver Springs. Watch the video by clicking here.

Table 5.6.A. Average Retail Price of Electricity to Ultimate Customers by End-Use Sector, by State, August 2010 and 2009
Posted: 4:13 PM EST

July 7, 2010

Workers, Retirees & Community Leaders to Challenge 
NV Energy at PUC Meeting
Group to protest recent service cuts and corporate compensation practices

RENO, NV – Employees and retirees of NV Energy will be joined by community leaders in challenging NV Energy’s recent service cuts during tomorrow’s Public Utilities Commission of Nevada hearing scheduled to take place in Reno. The group will also contest NV Energy’s decision to award exorbitant pay increases to the company’s top executives while cutting service.