The IBEW 1245 members employed at Bella Vista Water District have overwhelming approved a new agreement, with 95% of the members voting Yes.
The agreement, which will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2021, includes an immediate 3% wage increase, and another 3% increase on Jan. 1, 2021. Additional improvements include sick time sell-back options of 33.3% at 10 years, 45% at 15 years and 60% at 20 years; reimbursement for notary public certification; and an increase in family sick leave time up to 60 hours.
The agreement also includes new fatigue rest time language that allows members to utilize their sick time if they feel fatigued and have worked a minimum of four hours of overtime (and the overtime has been completed less than eight hours prior to the start of their next regularly scheduled shift).
The bargaining committee was comprised of members Brad Solso, Ashley Lindell, Floyd Woolam and myself.
–Charley Souders, IBEW 1245 Business Rep