Raises OK'd for Modesto Irrigation District employees
MODESTO, Dec 18, 2012 (The Modesto Bee - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
After four years without a formal contract, most Modesto Irrigation District employees will get raises -- some substantial -- thanks to this morning's 3-2 board vote.
Terms are identical to those negotiated before a September rejection by the board, which deadlocked 2-2 when Larry Byrd abstained because his son works for the district.
Byrd cast the deciding vote today after getting an opinion from the California Fair Political Practices Commission clearing him to participate, he said. The new two-year contract provides 3.9 percent increases retroactive to July 1, an additional 2.2 percent in 2013 and up to 4 percent again the next year. Also, more than half of the district's 400-plus workers will get 3 percent to 34 percent more based on salary comparisons with 14 utilities and public agencies in Northern California.
The contract affects bargaining units representing utility service and maintenance, with about 208 members, and the 44-member professional and supervisory unit.
A third unit representing about 107 administrative, technical and clerical workers remains at impasse.
The board this morning also approved three contracts to further correct botched work on an expansion of a water treatment plant providing tap water to Modesto customers. The $3.7 million cost will be covered by a payout from firms sued by the MID, officials say.
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