IBEW 1245 members at the City of Berkeley recently voted to approve a tentative agreement on terms for a new MOU, effective October of 2018 through June of 2020. Upon City Council approval, members will receive a 3% cost-of-living adjustment and a lump sum of $2,000. Effective October 21, 2019, there will be an additional 2% COLA.
The MOU also includes new rest period language, and the six-month waiting period to accrue vacation is removed. Health insurance in-lieu payments will be increased by an additional $44 per month. The meal provisions are revised to clarify that employees shall earn additional meals for every four hours of continuous emergency overtime work with up to $25 reimbursement per meal when no meal is provided.
The bargaining team was comprised of members Greg Marwick and Tom Hartman, as well as IBEW 1245 Assistant Business Manager Al Fortier and myself.
–Charley Souders, IBEW 1245 Business Rep