UPA moves to hire three



Utica Power Authority directors tomorrow will again take up efforts to establish a Human Resources Department and hire three workers who service UPA's flumes and powerhouses.

The meeting from 5-6 p.m. replaces the regularly scheduled meeting, which would have been Tuesday, March 25.

Among items to be considered are an employees' handbook and health insurance.

Since December, UPA has awaited word from the Public Employees Retirement System to learn if UPA can join PERS and include its employees in the PERS system.

Board Chairwoman Debbie Ponte has said previously that uncertainty over the retirement system membership has delayed UPA's ability to hire the operators.

Directors will hear the latest from PERS, and discuss their next step.

The operators working for UPA are technically employees of Calaveras County Water District, one of the three members with the City of Angels Camp and Union Public Utilities District of UPA.

UPA pays CCWD for the employees, but has not been able to transfer them to UPA's payroll because it does not have a Human Resources Department in place complete with benefits and a retirement program.

The operators received 45-day layoff notices from CCWD on Jan. 27.

As the layoff deadline approaches, pressure grows on UPA to have everything in place to be able to hire these workers.

UPA has four employees now a general manager, water system supervisor, administrative secretary and secretary. All are working without benefits.

Contact Sunny Lockwood at slockwood@uniondemocrat.com .

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Thursday October 27, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
New oak disease spreads from coast to foothills


A deadly fungus killing oak trees along the coasts of central and ... more

Residents complain about cultivation enforcement


Residents of El Rancho Loma Serena Homeowners Association said they believe Calaveras ... more

Columbia Elementary gets an interim leader


The Columbia Union School Board Tuesday hired Diane Dotson as interim superintendent-principal. ... more

Paying the price


Chris Lusardi, of Sonora, is one of thousands of Tuolumne County residents ... more

All Hallows Fantasy Faire


Hundreds of people of all ages, costumed and non-costumed, attended the eighth ... more