This just in: California’s on-going financial crisis is forcing California state and local agencies to make some tough decisions. If things continue to worsen, there’s a real risk that they will have to lay off Jose.
Archives for July 2013
The agreement was approved by 95% of those casting votes. Turnout for the vote was 95%. The five-year agreement provides a 1.75% wage increase for all employees for year 2013, with wage re-openers in each of the subsequent four years. The agreement also provides grievance procedure enhancements. The negotiating team consisted of Rick Garza, Murray… [Read More]
The Northern California Power Authority commission on Nov. 29 approved the new agreement with IBEW Local 1245, which the members ratified in November. The Local 1245 Bargaining Committee will be working on proof-reading the new Memorandum of Understanding so that it can be finalized and in place for 2013. The highlights of the agreement are… [Read More]
Members ratified a 30-month agreement with Yuba County Water Agency on Nov. 30. The pact, which still has to be approved by the agency’s board, provides general wage increases on parity with PG&E. The agreement also provides additional money for retiree medical: $1300 in 2013 and 2014 and $1400 in 2015. Sick leave advances to… [Read More]
This IBEW 1245 unit’s good work is done mostly behind the scenes, but recently the unit got some well-deserved recognition. In late October, members of Unit 4012/Susanville, received a letter of thanks from the Lassen Land and Trails Trust for making a donation to the Trust’s program of protecting natural areas and enhancing a countywide… [Read More]
On Nov. 26, IBEW Local 1245 members ratified a Tentative Agreement (TA) reached with the Port of Oakland on Nov. 9. The major provisions of the agreement are: 8% exchange of wages for EPMC 3% COLA on Jan. 1, 2015 100 hours of lump sum vacation deposit $1100/year professional development fund 20-year retiree medical vesting… [Read More]
Unit 2518, Modesto Irrigation District, found three ways to give back to the community during the recent Christmas season. They collected 90 coats in the annual “Coats for Kids” drive, collected food for a local food bank, and collected $1430.45 while ringing bells for the Salvation Army for many hours.
By Ron Cochran There is work from every corner of Local 1245’s jurisdiction at this time. We are performing deteriorated pole and cross arm replacement projects, Rule 20, and underground cable replacement in nearly every county in Northern California. Re-conductor projects as far north as Arcata, CA and transmission line construction projects as far east… [Read More]
By Ralph Armstrong PG&E FR Clothing Update PG&E Letter Agreement 13-55 on FR Clothing is pending signatures. Once signatures are in place we should get a date on when the new allowances will be made available. Details in this letter agreement are: Allowance for 2013 is $500 for full-time users and $250 for part-time users…. [Read More]
President Obama called on Congress to “pass this jobs bill” in a punchy speech delivered in urgent tones on Sept. 9. Obama’s $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending is designed to revive an economy stuck in neutral. Obama emphasized that many of the things he was proposing had been supported by… [Read More]