The IBEW 1245 members employed at Paradise Irrigation District have ratified a successor MOU by a vote of 20-3. The Irrigation District Board subsequently approved the MOU at its Oct. 17 board meeting.
The newly negotiated successor MOU includes a 5% general wage increase retroactive to July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. The agreement also caps health plan contribution costs at $829.96 per employee, $1,691.05 per couple, and $2,183.10 per family, and provides for a cash payment to any eligible employee that elects to opt out of District provided health benefits in the amount of one half the District’s premium contribution. We successfully negotiated new upgrade language to reclassify employees who are assigned to perform work in a higher classification for more than 540 days within a five-year time period, and we also added language regarding cell phone reimbursement, and optional purchase of spouse/dependent life insurance.
The bargaining committee consisted of Business Rep Charley Souders, members Laura Capra, Jeremy Gentry, Clint Stanley and Rick Stier, and myself.
–Dominic McCurtain, IBEW 1245 Business Rep