TO:������������������ Montana Board of Regents
FROM:������������� Kathy Crego, Director
Labor Relations and Human Resources
RE:������������������ Approval of Tentative Agreement with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
DATE:�������������� May 19-20, 2005
Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement reached with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).� The tentative agreement was ratified by members of the bargaining unit and includes modifications made to the prior agreement.� The entire collective bargaining agreement is available at the Montana University System web site.
The IBEW bargaining unit is comprised of approximately 20 journeyman and foreman electricians at MSU-Billings, UM-Missoula, and MSU-Bozeman
Major changes include:
� Wage increases in accordance with HB 447�3.5 percent and 4.0 percent effective October 1, 2005, and October 1, 2006, respectively.
� Conversion of foreman pay from flat dollar amount to percentage.
� Continuation the Dependent Partial Tuition Waiver.
� Change in the probationary period for new employees from four months to six months.
� Modification of wage differentials for employees holding two levels of fire alarm certification:� 3.0 percent for manufacturer�s certification and 5.0 percent for NICET Level II certification.
� Establish apprentice electrician program.
Other modifications were made for reasons for clarification and/or contract housekeeping.
I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.�