On June 21, IBEW 1245 members at the Port of Oakland unanimously ratified a new agreement by a vote of 17-0. The agreement was subsequently approved by the Board of Port Commissioners at the July 26 board meeting.
The new MOU is effective January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022, and includes general wage increases of 4% retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018, 4% effective Jan. 1 2019, 3% effective Jan. 1, 2020 and 3% effective Jan. 1, 2021. The agreement also includes a 5% equity adjustment for the Terminal Service Supervisor classification, effective upon ratification.
Additional improvements include new employee orientation language; professional development money in the amount of $1,100 each year through the duration of the MOU; language to automatically advance to the next step in pay grade with backpay if performance appraisal is not performed within three months of anniversary date; and new Call Back Pay language that allows employees to resolve work-related issues over the phone for a minimum compensation of one hour of overtime for the event. The parties also agreed to delete the Port Performance Premium language, and each member will receive a one-time non-base building payment of $1500, as well as increased comp time bank to 144 hours from 120 hours. Additionally, the IBEW and the Port agreed to meet and discuss alternate work schedules.
The bargaining committee consisted of members Dion Bailey, Leonard Castaneda, Eddie Villasenor and myself.
–Al Fortier, IBEW 1245 Assistant Business Manager