April 13, 2018

Your PECG Bargaining Team was in Sacramento this week to work on a new labor agreement with CalHR representatives.  The Team is scheduled to meet biweekly for negotiations, with the next meeting scheduled for April 25.  Once the two sides reach a tentative agreement, PECG members will have an opportunity to vote on it.  Meanwhile, the Administration will take the tentative agreement to the Legislature for ratification.  PECG’s current Memorandum of Understanding expires June 30.  Only PECG members can vote on Bargaining Unit 9 labor contracts.

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On Tuesday morning, PECG leaders met with DWR Director Karla Nemeth and her Team. That afternoon, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to provide over two-thirds of the money to build two tunnels to revamp the system that delivers water south from the delta.

DWR made clear that the state would remain the owner and operator of the tunnels, and DWR staff would have key roles in design, construction and inspection.  DWR hopes to soon provide an emergency pay response differential for the supervisors and managers who worked long hours in response to the Oroville Dam emergency.  PECG again asked that the Department make the operational availability CTO bonus available to excluded employees, and review engineering work that is outsourced to determine if it might be more appropriately performed by staff.

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PECG leaders and Caltrans management also met earlier this week.  Caltrans reports they are on track to meet hiring targets to deliver SB 1 projects and are working on a staffing plan for the next fiscal year.  Caltrans is now using both the promotional and open Senior Transportation Engineer exams.  Last month, the SPB approved a PECG plan that makes incumbents on both lists eligible for promotion.