On Dec. 1, 2015 the IBEW local 1245 members at Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) overwhelmingly approved a new agreement. The final vote tally was 43-4.
The negotiating team, comprised of NCPA members Clay Ames, Hershel Allen, Charles Beck and Brad Rusk, along with IBEW 1245 Assistant Business Manager Ray Thomas and Business Representative JV Macor, reached a tentative table agreement (TA) with the Agency on Oct. 27, 2015.
“The negotiating team worked very hard to get this TA for the membership and recommended a yes vote,” said Local 1245 Business Representative JV Macor.
The agreement includes general wage increases of 3.75% in 2016, 3.5% in 2017 and 3.25% in 2018, enhancements to boots and prescription eyewear, pre-arranged overtime language and vacation accrual, as well as a plan to revise and simplify the 1840/2080 labor balancing system for shift employees.
The ballot boxes were dropped off at the Geothermal Facilities (GEO) on Nov. 18 and at the Lodi Energy Center (LEC) on Nov. 19. Educational meetings took place at both worksites to ensure the members understood the agreement prior to casting their votes. The ballot boxes were collected on Dec. 1 and counted at the Lodi Energy Center.
“We would like to thank all our members for participating in the process, and a special thanks to our balloting committee: Judge Don Green (GEO), Teller Dylan Turner (LEC) and Witness Rick Pepiot (LEC),” said Macor.
An outline of the agreement is available by clicking here and here, and adjusted wage tables can be found here.