The City of Redding’s IBEW 1245-represented Electric Unit overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement, which was subsequently approved by the City Council and went into effect on September 22, 2019. This agreement includes a 4.5% general wage increase for all classifications in the unit (4% wage adjustment and an additional .5% to recognize confined space responsibilities), effective immediately. The electric unit members will also see a 3% wage in May of 2020, and another 3% in May of 2021.
In addition to those adjustments, the following classifications also receive an additional 3% equity adjustment: Control & Automation Technician – Power Plant, Working Foreman – Power Plant Maintenance, Electrician, Working Foreman – Electric Substation, Instrument & Electrical Technician – Power Plant, Lineman – Certification Rate, Troubleman – Certification Rate, Working Foreman – Line (Cert), Power Plant Operator, Power Plant Relief Operator, Power Plant Maintenance Mechanic, Working Foreman – Power Plant Operations.
The agreement added the new classification of Electrical Inspector. This new classification has wages set 5% above Lineman (Cert), and the agreed upon language would allow qualified Lineman with light duty restrictions in the classification on a temporary basis when light duty work can be provided.
The Unit agreed to pick up an additional 1.275% of the normal cost of CalPERS effective January 1, 2020. They also agreed to a PARS contribution of 2.08%, equal to 50% of normal cost at the time of agreement. Effective calendar year 2020, employees participating in the Group Health and Welfare insurance will see an increase of 2.5%, and again in calendar year 2021, for a total of 5% increase on the premium share, bringing the total co-share ratio to 85/15. The agreement also includes several language cleanups, as well as new hire orientation language.
The bargaining committee was comprised of members Rob Baber, Chris Bryant, Dustin Hamilton, Chris Holdren, Kenny Nachman, and Glenn Newsome, with support from former Senior Assistant Business Manager Ray Thomas, and myself.
–Dominic McCurtain, IBEW 1245 Business Rep