About 40 percent of Tuolumne Utilities District’s 74 employees have a new contract with provisions that re-instate annual raises while requiring them to pay into their benefit packages.
The TUD Board of Directors on Tuesday voted 5-1 to approve a new contract with the Construction, Production and Maintenance Laborers’ Local Union No. 1130. The three-year contract will last through June 2017.
The contract comes about a year and a half after an election in 2012 installed four new board members in the midst of public outcry about district expenses. It also comes in the midst of a tough year for TUD as it manages a short water supply in a historic drought.
“The things that we requested and negotiated over came out, I think, to a very fine, equal settlement for all of us,” said TUD board member Kent Johnson, who ran in 2012 on a message of controlling spending.
Highlights of the new contract include all union employees covering their contributions to California Public Employees’ Retirement System by July 1, 2015. Starting this year, employees will pay half of the costs of that contribution and will pay the full cost in 2015.
TUD previously covered some or all of the PERS contribution, depending on when the employee was hired, according to the contract.
The agreement also includes a 4 percent cost-of living raise this year, which will drop to 2 percent in 2015 and 2016. Employees gave up those raises as a cost-saving measure in 2012.
For the full story, see the July 9, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.