The IBEW 1245 members at the City of Lompoc have approved a new two-year agreement by a vote of 88-5.
The new agreement includes general wage increases of 4% on July 2, 2022 and 4% on July 1, 2023, as well as a bonus of 5% of base pay (with a cap of $5,000) for those employees that worked any hours through the COVID epidemic from March 1, 2020, through January 31, 2022.
We also secured equity adjustments of 7% for workers in the building maintenance, parks, tree maintenance, streets, wastewater treatment, airport/transit, and aquatic center departments, as well as 2% for tree trimmers, and 14% for workers in the community development department.
Additional improvements include
- Call-in response time from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (for on-call/ stand-by)
- Increase of bilingual pay from $100 per month to $150
- Increase of shift differential from swings from $1.50 to $1.75 and graveyard from $2.00 to $2.50 an hour
- Additional health contribution of $100 for the single and family plans. (We already had negotiated $50 for a single, $75 for a two-party, and $150 for the family plan for the period of 6/21 – 6/22.)
- We will meet and confer over health insurance premiums on or before May 2023.
- Life Insurance coverage doubled, to 2X annual salary with a cap of $300,000
- Rest period increased from Six hours to eight hours.
- Sick leave payoff on time of retirement (Lompoc has an unlimited accrual on sick leave, and members can cash out up to 360 hours of banked sick leave.)
- Elimination of the 10-day waiting period, enabling acting pay from day one with a minimum of 5% salary increase.
- Boot allowance increased from $150 to $200
This new contract is the best in over 20 years — and it illustrates the power of 1245 and our political involvement. Lompoc has transformed from an anti-labor culture into a more labor-friendly one, in large part due to the election of City Council members that understand the needs of the community and its workforce.
Special thanks to our negotiating committee members, Leo Ramirez, Candace Justice, Nick Davenport, John Daniel, Albero Diaz, Ko Sumaryadi, and Jacob Kougl.
–Jaime Tinoco, IBEW 1245 Business Rep