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PG&E Union Warns Bernie Sanders Against ‘Bird-Brained’ State Takeover

  • IBEW posts video saying a state seizure won’t guarantee safety
  • Public ownership would be costly, threatens union pensions
Bernie Sanders speaks in Durham, New Hampshire on Feb. 10.
Bernie Sanders speaks in Durham, New Hampshire on Feb. 10.Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg
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PG&E Corp.’s biggest union is pushing back against Bernie Sanders’ criticism of the embattled California power company, claiming the senator and presidential candidate supports a $100 billion state takeover of the utility.

The campaign by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 follows a new Sanders ad in California last week that blasted PG&E for sparking the deadly wildfires that pushed it into bankruptcy last year.