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City of Independence
BILL NO. 17-511Ord.No:          18805

Agenda Title:

17-511 - 1R. An ordinance adopting a Work Agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #53 for maintenance and clerical employees through June 30, 2018; and declaring an emergency. 

Staff recommends approval of the ordinance. 
Executive Summary:

This ordinance adopts a new work agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local #53 for maintenance and clerical employees. The prior agreement expired on March 6, 2017. 

On January 19, 2016, the City Council approved a work agreement with IBEW for the maintenance and clerical employee group effective through January 19, 2017. During the course of negotiations, the agreement was extended by the city manager through March 6, 2017. Following expiration, a new agreement was negotiated. The agreement was approved by the union membership on September 14, 2017. The new agreement is similar to the prior agreement, with the following major changes:


  • Article 2.3 adds clarification and timelines to the process for updating job descriptions. 
  • Article 3.6 includes new language to clarify the intent of working supervisors during emergencies, service disruptions or to train new employees. 
  • Article 5.3 expands the number of union stewards and clarifies participation in the negotiating committee. 
  • Article 11 modifies provisions for protective clothing and equipment to be consistent with current practice.  
  • Changes were made to the arbitration process to clarify timelines for working and/or calendar days. 
  • The effective date of the agreement will now coincide with the fiscal year. 
  • A new wage table is proposed that is based on the value of a 1% across-the-board wage adjustment. The union voluntarily agreed to spread the wages differently in order to reduce wage disparity among its members. Some employees, therefore, will not receive a wage increase in the current fiscal year. Note: This group received an across-the-board wage increase of 2.435% in June 2017 that was based on the budgeted amount for the prior fiscal year (FY16-17). 
Emergency Justification:

The Council has traditionally approved work agreements by an emergency ordinance in order to accelerate the wage adjustments for employees. 

Fiscal Impact:

The FY2017-18 budget can support the new wage scale proposed in the work agreement. 

Department:          City Manager's OfficeContact Person:          Lauren Palmer

City Managers OfficeApproved
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Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted

Proposed Work AgreementContract