UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA

           LOCAL 604   LAKELAND,FLORIDA





Contract Negotiations are soon to begin,
Contract expires   9/30/2017


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A Summary of changes are as follows
For Electric

Ratification Vote is scheduled for 9/1/15
For Water
Ratification Vote is scheduled for 8/31/15

The new electric contract will be the same as the existing contract except for the changes noted below.

 

Article 14 Grievance Form

Minor changes were made to the form in order to better track its movement through the grievance steps.

 

Article 22 Dues Check Off

Changes were made to the contract language defining the process for how dues are deducted from employee’s checks.

 

Article 25 Educational Assistance

Reimbursement amount was increased from $1400 per year to $1800 per year.

 

Article 26 License and Endorsement Fees

Additional certifications and licenses that the City will pay for were added.

 

Article 33 Meal Allowance

Contract was updated to say the same thing as the MOU dated 6-26-14.  Basically now once a meal is earned and approved you will get $13.75 per meal added to your check. No other changes.

 

Article 34 Safety Prescription Eyewear Reimbursement

This article was changed from $100 each year to $200 every other year.  All other aspects of the article remained the same

 

Article 36 Health Benefits

Increases in Healthcare premium were capped at no more than13%each year for the entire agreement.  Cost sharing ratio between the City and Employee will remain the same for the entire agreement.  In addition we now have the formula included in our contract that is used to track our health share cost.

 

Article 37 Pension

We now have the new DROP!!  When your age plus years of service reach 75 and you are at minimum retirement age (50 or 52) depending on plan you can enter the drop.  All new hired employees hired after August 25, 2015 will be placed in Plan C.  All existing members will have 45 days after ratification to decide if they want to stay in their current plan or move to Plan C. Contract language added to protect and guaranteed that the City must continue to contribute 19.6% each year for the entire contract. We also protected our rights to negotiate any future changes to our pension plan.

 

Article 42 Non-Standard Shift Provisions

Language was added to give Union employees’ first opportunity to respond to call outs and overtime before contractors or non bargaining unit personnel are used.

 

Article 42A Out of Town Assignments

The article mainly governs the pay rules when working on Out-of-Town.  All will now be paid at time and a half.  This includes all hours worked and driving time. It also states that the City will attempt to balance opportunities for this work among employees.  Includes basic guidelines for how this will happen.

 

Article 43 Premium Pay

All premium pays increased from $.50 to $.75 Effective upon ratification.

 

Article 46 Term of Agreement

This is a three year deal with all Articles taking effect upon ratification.  The only exception is Article 45 Wages which will be retroactive back to October 1, 2014. The contract will end on September 30, 2017.

 

 

Article 45 Wages

All non Apprentices or MCO Program Participants (Year 1 is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2014)

Year 1                               Year 2                                       Year 3 

 
2.5% ATB                          2.5% ATB                                    1.5%ATB
 2.5% Merit                         2.5% Merit                                     2.5% Merit

All Apprentice and MCO Program Participants (Year 1 is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2014)

    
Year 1                                      Year 2                                                  Year 3    
1.0% ATB                           1.0% ATB                                       NA

 1.5% Pay Range adjust.         1.5% Pay Range Adjust.       1.5% Pay Range Adjust.

  (2)  5.0% Merit                          (2) 5.0% Merit                       (2) 5.0% Merit

Beginning October 1, 2016 the lineman competency test will terminate and no longer be needed.

 

There are also several wage range adjustment that will be made and are retroactive back to October 1, 2014.  The positions affected are shown in the table below. These positions will move to the new wage range and the pay will be adjusted so they are in the same relative position in the new wage range as they were in the old range.

 

Position Description

Current LEW

Wage Range

New LEW

Wage Range

Traffic Control Tech – LE

1

3

Traffic Control Forman

10

12

Inventory Control Specialist – LE

21

23

Maintenance Coordinator

31

34

Plant Welder I

19

28

Warehouse Op Tech I – LE

10

12

Warehouse Op Tech II – LE

12

14

 

Finally on October 1, 2016 the classifications listed in the chart below will have the bottom of their wage range adjusted upwards as indicated.  If you then fall below the new minimum pay for your classification your pay will be adjusted up to the new minimum for the pay range.

Warehouse Op Tech II - LE

20%


Instrument And Control Tech II

40%

Operations Suppt Tech III - LE

20%


Maintenance Coordinator

30%

Materials Reclaimer II

20%


Plant Welder II

40%

Chemical Process Tech I  

20%


Plant Mechanic II

35%

Industrial Coatings Foreman

20%


Instrument And Control Spec

35%

Meter Service Worker

30%


Electrician 1st Class

35%

Power Plant Operator I

30%


Meter Technician III

35%

Plant Welder I

20%


Protective Equipment Spec II

20%

Energy Diversion Investigator

30%


Protective Relay Technician

35%

Special Equipment Operator

40%


Station Electrician

20%

Chemical Process Tech II

40%


SCADA/EMS Technician

30%

Utility Line Inspector

20%


Control Center Operator

35%

Meter Technician I

20%


Lineman 1st Class*

20%

Inventory Control Specialist

20%


Lineman Trainer

30%

Power Plant Operator II

40%


Troubleman

40%

Instrument And Control Tech I

20%


Apparatus Repairer Foreman

20%

Protective Equipment Spec I

20%


Electrician Foreman

35%

Chemical Process Tech III

40%


Power Production Foreman

35%

Power Plant Operator III

40%


Lead Trans/Distrib Lineperson

40%

Apparatus Repairer 1st Class

20%


Lead Troubleman

40%

Meter Technician II

35%


Lead MCO

30%

Plant Mechanic I

20%


Electric System Operator

20%

 *As of October 1, 2016 this increase terminates and replaces MOU 7-19-2011



                             
                 





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