Nate Fairman has spent a decade of his life developing his skills as a Journeyman Lineman constructing high-voltage power lines. At the age of nineteen, he began a four-year apprenticeship with IBEW 465 which included 8,000 hours of on the job training. At 25 he was elected to the Executive Board of IBEW Local 465 where he founded a Young Worker group focused on volunteer work and building community-labor partnerships. In 20016 at the age of 29, he was elected to become the youngest Business Manager to ever lead the 2,900 member labor union since its inception in 1904. In 2019 he was re-elected to his second three-year term and continues to successfully negotiate dozens of union contracts and agreements on every property that set the gold standard for utility workers in Southern California.
Nate is a native of San Diego and was raised by a single mother whom he lost as a teenager after a difficult battle with cancer. At a young age he provided for his family and worked at a fast food restaurant while attending high school where he developed a tremendous respect for working families from all walks of life. After graduating he began his apprenticeship and enrolled in the Labor Studies program at San Diego City College where he found a passion for organized labor.
Nate sits on the Executive Board of the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, the Executive Board of the California Association of Electrical Workers (CSAEW), the Executive Board of the California Coalition of Utility Employees (CCUE), and on the Board of the John S Lyon’s Memorial Foundation, a local non-profit that focuses community partnerships and awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to the children of union members. Nate continues to work to ensure the voices of working families are valued and respected from the jobsite to the capital.
He is also a Proud Family Man and is happily married to his wife of 5 years Christie and they have a 3 year old son Luca. Focusing on bringing together our IBEW 465 families at union and community events has been a priority for him as he hosts popular events each year like our annual IBEW 465 Holiday Party/Toy Drive, the IBEW SoCal BBQ and Chili Cookoff, IBEW Day at Padres Petco Park, our annual holiday food drive and the letter carriers food drive at the San Diego Food Bank.
IBEW Journeyman Lineman - Card # 7510780
Raul “Kiko” Diaz has been an IBEW Local 465 member for over 27 years. He began his career at San Diego Transit as a Bus Cleaner and Servicer on January 18, 1994. He worked his way through the Transit Apprenticeship Program and became a Journeyman Mechanic “A”. He got involved in his Union early in his career and became a Shop Steward. He also became the Recording Secretary then the Chairman for the San Diego Transit Unit. While on his third term as Chairman he was hired as Business Representative in 2015. A few years later he was promoted to Assistant Business Manager of this Local Union where he continues to successfully assist in negotiating union contracts and agreements on most properties that improve the lives of thousands of utility workers in Southern California.
Kiko was born and raised in South East San Diego. He is happily married to his wife of 8 years Irelia and they have a 7-year-old son named Andres together. Irelia has 3 kids from a previous marriage, Karla, Simon Jr, and Lesley whom he loves as his own. Kiko has returned to College attending Labor Studies classes furthering his education and improving his skills as a Union Advocate for our IBEW 465 members.
Kiko sits on the Executive Board of the San Diego Transit Security Funds, is a Trustee on the San Diego Transit Retirement Trust Fund, Trustee on the San Diego Transit Pension and Investment Fund and a Trustee on the San Diego Transit Health and Welfare Trust Fund. Kiko continues to attend employee benefits conference to ensure the members are represented properly with all the up-to-date information.
A second generation Mexican American born and raised in Calexico, California Cesar is the second born of five children. Four boys and a girl. His mother worked in retail and his father worked for U.S. Gypsum for 48 years as an electrician before he retired.
Brother Cesar worked for the Imperial Irrigation District for 38 years and retired in December 2020 and immediately joined the staff at our Imperial Valley Hall as our Lead Union Rep. He worked as a Journeyman Hydro Operator Leader overseeing 8 hydro power plants with a total of 16 generators and overseeing 7 journeyman hydro operators and 3 apprentice hydro operators. He was also an apprenticeship instructor for 6 years and developed the teaching curriculum that was approved by the state and the Imperial Valley College.
Cesar is a family man who has been married for 44 years to his wife, Maria Elena, who is also retired and is a Regional Representative for CSEA region 53 and Area K mentor which include San Diego and Imperial counties. The two have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.
Brother Perdomo have been involved with IBEW Local 465 for over 35 years in different capacities as a Chief Shop Steward, vice chairman and chairman in Imperial Valley. He enjoys helping employees exercise their rights in the workplace and advocating for better wages, benefits and a safe working environment. He has also just been appointed to the IBEW 465 Executive Board where he also represents the workers in our IID Unit.
Brother George Moses has been a member of IBEW Local 465 for 13 years and retired from the Imperial Irrigation District in May of 2012. After working as a Zanjero for 32 years and helping lead the previous Employees Association he was actively involved in organizing the historical affiliation which led to wall to wall representation of the over 900 workers at the IID by IBEW Local 465.
He has worked as a Part Time Business Rep in our Imperial Valley Union Hall for 9 years and specializes in contract negotiations, grievance settlement and member representation. He also has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business (COLAB) where he ensures the voice of our over 1,000 Union Members in the valley is heard.
Prior to working at the IID and with the IBEW he was very active as an organizer for the United Farm Workers and has worked alongside Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta fighting to improve the working conditions of Farm Workers in the Imperial Valley.