After several months of negotiations with the City of Lodi over a successor MOU, the IBEW Local 1245 Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement in April. The tentative agreement was approved by the membership and recently received final City Council approval on June 18, 2014.
The agreement includes an increase to paid stand-by hours for Operators from two hours to three hours on work days, from two hours to three hours on non-work days, and from four hours to six hours on holidays. Employees eligible to receive bilingual pay will be increased to $150 per month. Rubber Glove premium pay will be increased to 20% with all non-rubber glove classes receiving lump sum amounts of $2,300. Boot allowance will increase to $500 for lineman and $200 for all other classifications. Meal allowances will be increased to $25.
The term of the agreement is three and a half years with a term end date of December 31, 2017. Negotiating for IBEW Local 1245 were John Vander Jack, Rod Brown and Jeff Norwood, along with Business Representatives Charley Souders and Sam Glero.