The IBEW 1245 members at South Feather Water and Power have secured a new two-year agreement.
Under the new agreement, the members in both the Water Treatment & Distribution Unit and the Hydropower Generation Unit will receive a 3% general wage increase retroactive to January 1, 2021, and a 3.75% general wage increase effective January 1, 2022, along with updates to article 2.7 (Union Dues and Fair Share fees) to comply with legislative changes, the addition of a new article 2.9 to address Union Officer and Steward Leave Time, and an increase in article 19.8 Physical Fitness Reimbursement from $40 to $60 dollars per month.
The Water Treatment and Distribution Unit agreement contains modifications to Article 8.13 Standby to reflect the payment of standby on workdays (in the past, the Agency was only paying standby pay on Friday evenings and non-workdays and holidays); and Article 15.2 Eliminating Sick Leave calculation for Floating Holiday (the previous language incentivized employees to come to work sick to ensure the floating holiday was offered). It also includes updates to some job descriptions. The Hydropower Generation Unit secured an agreement to continue meeting with the Agency to address the CalPERS requirements for reportable compensation regarding Sunday Premium.
The final vote tally for the Hydropower unit was 12-1, and the WT&D unit vote was 18-0. Bargaining on behalf of the union, we had Rob Wilcox and Zenaido Martinez from Water Treatment and Distribution, Brian Howerton from Hydropower Generation, Local 1245 Assistant Business Manager Dylan Gottfried, and myself.
–Dominic McCurtain, IBEW 1245 Business Rep