Members of IBEW 1245 at the City of Oakland ratified a new Memorandum of Understanding on July 24. The vote to approve was unanimous.
A resolution adopting the MOU was approved by the Oakland City Council on July 30, also by a unanimous vote.
The agreement provides for a 2% COLA retroactive to July 1, 2013 and a 1% COLA effective July 1, 2014. It also provides for improvements in Professional Development Reimbursement, Safety Shoe Allowance, Certification incentive pay, and leave benefits.
The City earlier withdrew its proposals for increased medical premium and pension sharing, reported IBEW 1245 Business Representative Al Fortier.
Negotiating for the union, along with Fortier, were Michael Patterson and Joe Rohrer.