Meetings set for March 27 to update employees
Photos by John Storey
The IBEW 1245 Sunoptics bargaining committee has met several times since Sunoptics employees voted for union representation in January.
The IBEW committee has met four times with company negotiators, most recently on March 19. Company negotiators travelled in from Baltimore, MD and Crawfordsville, IN for these negotiations.
To date, the two sides have reached 14 tentative agreements on non-economic provisions for a new collective bargaining agreement, reported Assistant Business Manager Ray Thomas. There are also several other non-economic proposals where the two sides are close to tentative agreement, he said.
At the March 19 meeting the union made comprehensive proposals for employee wages and benefits. The negotiations are scheduled to resume on April 16 and 17 at Weakley Hall in Vacaville, where a company response to the union’s economic proposals is expected.
Negotiating for the union are Sunoptics employees Christopher Hann, Mauricio Centeno, Todd Davis, Pam Pendleton, with assistance from IBEW 1245 Business Rep Cruz Serna and Assistant Business Manager Ray Thomas.
Bargaining update meetings for Sunoptic employees are scheduled for Thursday, March 27, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Roma’s Pizzeria at 5743 Franklin Blvd. in Sacramento. The union will also coordinate an update meeting for the same day with the third-shift employees.