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Click! Broadband Techs Settle Contract
November 14, 2011
Broadband Services Technicians voted to accept the City's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which upon ratification by the Utility Board and City Council will officially bring the 8 new members under the main Local 120 City of Tacoma bargaining agreement.
The MOU provides for overtime pay, clarification of standby pay language, PTO/Sick Leave-Vacation conversion rights, retroactive restoration of longevity pay to August 30, 2010, withdrawal of take-home vehicles for employees on call, abolishment of the old 'quarter-step' wage scale, replaced by an 8 step pay range, placement in Appendix A of the main contract, and a one-time lump sum payment of $600, to compensate for the removal of the take-home vehicles. No pay adjustments were included.
This vote brings to an end a 2 1/2 year process that included 12 months of bargaining, a unit clarification hearing with PERC, a merger election, and a card signing campaign that began in the summer of 2009.
The Broadband Techs voted to join Local 120 in the summer of 2009, only to face one obstacle after another at the hands of Click! management, from forcing a unit clarification hearing, to a merger election, and now protracted contract negotiations, all spanning the better part of two years.
With City negotiators doing their best to draw out bargaining for as long as possible, the Broadband Techs had finally had enough, and called for the informational picket in July, in an attempt to break the stalemate.
After bringing in a mediator, the stalemate was broken, and a deal was reached.
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