Collaboration in Civic Spheres

City Of Seattle Labor Contract With IBEW Local 77, Seattle City Light

by Matt Rosenberg April 7th, 2010

BACKGROUND: The City Of Seattle provides an index page with links to current labor agreements with 24 different collective bargaining units. In early 2009, the city signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local 77, representing certain Seattle City Light workers. The MOU extended to January 22, 2013 a previous contract which had gone into effect in January 2006 and was to expire in January 2009. The contract and MOU extension provided for generous base pay; plus steady – and in one year, pronounced – pay raises, over the course of six years.

KEY LINK: Memorandum of Understanding between City Of Seattle and Seattle City Light International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local 77, signed January 12, 2009, and including the preceding contract covering January 2006 to January 2009.

HIGHLIGHTS: 2006 base pay levels were in the range of $33 to $38 per hour for many workers, with some senior workers earning as much as $41.40 or $41.63 per hour. (2006 salary schedule, pp. 95-101 of original document). Under the January 2006 to January 2009 contract, mandatory annual pay raises in 2007 and 2008 would have been in the range of 2.3 percent (‘07) and 2 percent (‘08) under provisions related to the increase in the preceding June-to-June regional Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). (p. 33, original document, and CPI data from U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics). The 2009-2013 contract extension under the MOU provided 2009 Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) salary increases for bargaining unit members of no less than 6.2 percent, and as much as 9.2 or 12.2 percent based on job category. Additional pay increases of at least 2 percent and no higher than seven percent, based on the CPI, were stipulated for each of the years 2010, 2011, and 2012. (p. 1 of original document).

Overtime pay was at double the normal rate, with overtime defined as anything greater than eight hours per day or 40 hours per week, with certain exceptions. In addition to major holidays such as Christmas, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, paid holidays also included two “floating holidays,” plus Presidents Day, Veterans Day, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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