In August and September of 2010 the IBEW Local 1245 negotiating committee took proposals from the members within water treatment and distribution at South Feather Water and Power. The union committee met with the District’s general manager in October and requested the agency to have Cal PERS perform an actuarial analysis regarding enhancements to the 3% @ 60 retirement plan negotiated in 2008.
Due to the time taken to receive the actuary from Cal PERS, the union and the agency agreed to extend the Dec. 31, 2010 agreement term.
Once the actuarial data was reviewed by the parties, it was determined that the timing was not right to make pension enhancements, and the union and agency will address that issue in the next round of negotiations.
The board of directors approved the agency’s general manager to offer the union a two-year agreement with a 1% general wage increase each year, and a dollar for dollar agency match in employee contributions to their deferred compensation plans.
The union countered a two-year agreement with a 4% general wage increase January 1 of each year, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011.
On April 26 the agency’s board of directors approved the union’s counter offer.
On the evening of April 28 the union water treatment and distribution unit membership unanimously ratified the new two-year agreement.
The Local 1245 Bargaining Committee consisted of John Shipman, Rick McCullough, and Assistant Business Manager Ray Thomas.