Posted:September 14, 2012
SMUD pact ratified
Members overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District on Aug. 29, ending 12 consecutive weeks of negotiations.
Turnout for the vote was 83%, with 94% voting in favor.
The agreement provides wage hikes, when compounded over the 5-year term, of 17.33%.
Other provisions include additional employer monthly contributions to employee 401(k) funds, and an employer contribution of $600 per year into a Flexible Spending Account for vision, dental and medical. The agreement also provides a new orthodontia benefit, a new boot allowance, and an increased reimbursement for tuition.
Employee contributions to the PERS benefit will be phased in over the five-year term, reaching 7% in the fifth year. The employee share of HMO health care premiums will rise from 6% in 2013, to 8% in 2014 and 2015, and to 9% in 2016 and 2017.
Bargaining for the union were Scott Barker, Mike Gallagher, John Moe, Jim Notman, Cory Smith, Dan White, and Business Rep. Sam Glero.
Serving on the union ballot committee were Art Torres (judge), Dan Currier, Julie Shipman, Darin Huartson, Dave Palmer, Owen Yven, Mark Flanders, John Basil and Robert Winney.