Board of Regents
Sue Hill, Director, Labor Relations and Personnel
Approval of Tentative Agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
January 20-21, 2000
Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The IBEW represents 17 employees at MSU-Billings, MSU-Bozeman and UM-Missoula. The bargaining unit has already voted to ratify the agreement.
Under the tentative agreement wages increase by 3% plus 20 cents effective October 1, 1999, and by 3% plus 25 cents effective October 1, 2000. An additional stipend of 35 cents per hour will be provided employees who are assigned the responsibility for maintaining fire alarms. Longevity pay and group insurance contributions increases are in accordance with state law. The other contract changes are not substantive.
xc: Commissioner Crofts
Montana University System
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Change "1997" to "1999."
2. SECTION 7.2 LONGEVITY PAY
Change to read: "Each employee who has completed five (5) years of uninterrupted service shall receive 1.5% of their base salary multiplied by the number of completed, contiguous five (5) year periods of uninterrupted service, in accordance with state statute. Effective October 1, 1999, the longevity increment for the third (15-year) and fourth (20-year) increments shall be increased to 2%."
3. SECTION 7.3.C. CALL OUTS
Change to read: "Any hourly employee called out to work early shall receive overtime pay for all time worked prior to the regularly scheduled work period. When an employee has worked six (6) or more hours immediately prior to starting the employee's regular work shift and the employee is required by the employer to continue working, the employee shall receive overtime compensation until such time as the employer relieves that employee from duty. Any hourly employee called out to work after an eight (8) hour day or forty (40) hour week shall be guaranteed a minimum of two (2) hours of overtime work."
4. SECTION 7.8.A. GROUP INSURANCE
Change first sentence to read: "The employer contribution to health insurance for full-time and permanent part-time employees shall be $285.00 per month for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and $295.00 per month for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001."
5. SECTION 14.1 CONTRACT TERM
Change to read: "This contract shall be in full force and effect from the date of July 1, 1999, to and including June 30, 2001, and shall be considered as renewed from year to year thereafter unless either party requests change or termination in accordance with Section 14.2."
6. SECTION 14.2 NEGOTIATIONS SCHEDULE
Change to read: "Either party desiring to change or terminate this agreement must notify the other in writing by April 30, 2001."
7. ADDENDUM A
October 1, 1999
October 1, 2000
Delete the words "This wage rate includes the recruitment and retention pay exception of 70 cents in FY 98 and an additional 70 cents in FY 99."
RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION EXCEPTION
Delete the last sentence of this provision.
8. Add the following new section.
"FIRE ALARM CERTIFICATION
Effective October 1, 1999, any employee who has been assigned the responsibility for maintaining fire alarms and who obtains and maintains all required certifications shall receive a thirty-five (35) cent per hour salary differential for the duration of the assignment. The selection of the employee(s) to be given the responsibility for maintaining fire alarms is at the complete discretion of the employer. The employer will give an employee thirty (30) calendar days notice before discontinuing the employee's assignment for fire alarm maintenance. Such discontinuance is not grievable."