Members of IBEW Local 1245 at AC Transit ratified a 3-year agreement on Jan. 20 by a vote of 17-6.
The agreement provides wage hikes of 1.5% effective July 2007, 1.5% effective July 2008, 1.5% effective July 2009, with an additional wage increase of 3% for all classifications on July 1, 2009.
Also included was a increase in the Dental annual maximum limit from $1,500 to $3,000 and lifetime orthodontia benefit from $2,000 to $4,000.
Vision frame allowance was increased from $120 every two years to $200.
The agreement provides a “pop-up” option for employees choosing a survivor benefit. The retiree’s benefit level will increase if the “survivor” predeceases the retiree.
In another provision, the agreement combines the Communication Technician classification and Electronic Technician classification into a Sr. Electronic Technician classification, for which the District will provide all necessary training. An apprenticeship program has been created for any new hires into the new classification.
Bargaining for the union were Ralph Ladd, Dale Brewer and Guy Greenwood, along with Business Rep. Sheila Lawton.