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OF DEFENSE AGENCY ESGR PRESENTS PG&E CORPORATION WITH AWARDS FOR
"ABOVE AND BEYOND" MILITARY LEAVE POLICY
(San Francisco, CA) -- PG&E
Corporation was recognized today by a Department of Defense (DOD)
agency for providing military reservists with pay and benefits while
serving on active duty. The DOD's Employer Support for the Guard
and Reserve (ESGR), which promotes understanding between reservists
and their civilian employers, presented the Corporation with the
Local ESGR Chair's Award. Given to a limited number of employers
annually, the award was presented during a ceremony held today at
PG&E Corporation headquarters in San Francisco.
"We are honored that ESGR
is recognizing our company," said PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO,
and President Robert D. Glynn, Jr. "We believe it is our corporate
responsibility to support our reservists' commitment to our country
as they put their lives on the line for our country."
Twelve PG&E Corporation
employees are presently on active duty with orders to support "Noble
Eagle," "Enduring Freedom," and other important operations around
the world. The Corporation's emergency military leave policy provides
the difference between military pay and regular salary for up to
six months of active duty. Based upon current circumstances, the
leave policy has been extended for an additional six-month period.
The Corporation also continues providing the full range of employee
benefits to the reservists and his or her dependents for up to 18
months of military service. PG&E Corporation has historically reevaluated
its leave policy during times of national crises and will continue
to do so as the United States military responds to the events of
Federal law requires companies
to reinstate reservists returning from active duty but does not
generally mandate that companies extend pay or benefits during military
leave. The Corporation expanded benefits for reservists in September
2001 after the tragic events of September 11 and the ensuing need
for deployment of U.S. troops.
"PG&E Corporation is to
be commended for going above and beyond in their patriotic support
of the men and women who maintain our nation's defenses," said Venna
Bishop, chair of the San Jose committee of the ESGR. "We realize
the tremendous impact it has on employers to have their employees
deployed, and we applaud companies like PG&E Corporation for their
understanding and dedicated support."
The Local ESGR Chair's Award
is given to a limited number of employers annually in each state
who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to employees who serve
in the Reserve and National Guard. Some Northern California companies
and organizations that received the Local ESGR Chair's Awards in
2001 include US Bank, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department
and Pratt Whitney. Local ESGR Chair's Award recipients automatically
qualify for ESGR's Pro Patria ("For the Country") Award, which is
given annually to one employer in each state. At today's ceremony,
PG&E Corporation was also presented with the My Boss is a Patriot
Award, which recognizes specific managers within organizations.
Robert D. Glynn, Jr., accepted
the awards today on behalf of PG&E Corporation's 21,000 employees
by reading the names of each of the Corporation's 12 reservists
currently deployed domestically and overseas. Two of the active-duty
soldiers recognized participated in the ceremony via telephone from
their military stations at Camp Smith in Hawaii and the Portsmouth
Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire. Also on the line was Captain K.M.
McCoy, Shipyard Commander for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, who
thanked the Corporation on behalf of the U.S. Navy for supporting
Seven PG&E Corporation employee
reservists representing each branch of military service attended
the ceremony in military dress Among them was Major John Busterud,
a corporate attorney with PG&E Corporation's utility unit Pacific
Gas and Electric Company and a reservist with the 351st Civil Affairs
Command of the U.S. Army. In his remarks at today's ceremony, Major
Busterud called PG&E Corporation's leave policy "a powerful and
timely show of support for PG&E Corporation's citizen soldiers"
Also in attendance at today's
ceremony was Lieutenant Jeff Hall, a PG&E Corporation accountant
who recently returned from a four-month tour of duty with the U.S.
Coast Guard in support of operation Noble Eagle. "PG&E Corporation's
leave policy allowed me to earn my full salary and provide for my
family while I carried out my orders," said Lieutenant Hall. "The
Corporation's support of the Reserves made serving my country much
The ESGR is an agency within
the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.
It was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding
between reservists and their civilian employers and to assist in
the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military
commitment. Today ESGR operates through a network of more than 4,500
volunteers throughout 54 committees located in each state, the District
of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The San Jose
Committee of the ESGR encompasses San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa
Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties.
PG&E Corporation is an energy-based
holding company that distributes energy services and products throughout
North America through the PG&E National Energy Group. PG&E Corporation's
businesses also include Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Northern
and Central California utility that deliver natural gas and electricity
service to one in every 20 Americans.
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