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IID unions lay out wage-hike proposals

December 05, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

LA QUINTA — Representatives of the Imperial Irrigation District's employee labor organizations presented their contract openers to the IID Board of Directors on Tuesday.

James Leatherman, assistant business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 465, laid out in detail what the union seeks.

The union seeks a general wage increase of 5 percent for each of the next three years. For certain equipment operators that Leatherman said are at a disparity, the union seeks 10 percent the first year and 5 percent for each of the next two years.

The union also seeks changes in vacation, shift premium and numerous other issues.

The presentation of the unions' openers in public session was upon request of the Board of Directors, which is expected to review the requests and make a counter offer in January.

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The district's chief negotiator, attorney Frank Oswalt, said the board chose such action because the IID is a public agency and to solicit input from the public.

After the board's counter offer, the talks will go behind closed doors, Oswalt said.

Meanwhile, the openers from the Imperial Irrigation District Employees Association were vague and lacked details.

They merely state that a number of district policies and procedures should be discussed and that an undetermined pay raise would be sought.

Betty Voroveanu, IIDEA president, said the information would not be made public until approved by the rank and file.

IID board President Andy Horne said he was hoping the Voroveanu would have provided more specific information and that Oswalt will likely be directed to obtain it.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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