The IBEW 1245 members at Mt. Wheeler Power have unanimously ratified a new four-year MOU, which was approved by the Board in late December.
The new agreement includes across-the-board general wage increases of 4.25% for both physical and clerical in each year of the four-year agreement. Additionally, in year one, all Linemen classifications receive an 8% equity adjustment, and the MOU also includes class separation adjustments of 10% for Senior Area Foreman, 5% for Line Working Foreman and Substation Technician, and 3% for Troubleman and Meter Technician. Veterans Day was added as a holiday, and we also secured stronger rest period language as well as some other language clarification. The only concession was a higher insurance premium co-pay of an additional 2.5%, taking the total employee contribution to 17.5%.
The bargaining committee was comprised of members Tandy Haslem, Niko Dobrecu and Mitch McVicars, as well as 1245 Senior Assistant Business Manager Dylan Gottfried and myself.
–Mike Venturino, IBEW 1245 Business Rep