IID, union agree on terms

May 14, 2013|By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer

The nearly 1,000 rank-and-file Imperial Irrigation District employees can expect a $900 lump-sum payment and 2 percent salary increase.

The terms are part of a memorandum of understanding between the IID and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 465 that the IID Board of Directors approved Tuesday.

“This is a three-year agreement expiring in December of 2015,” said human resources manager Dan DeVoy.

Negotiations were “drawn out, sometimes pretty nasty,” said Paul Kovacic, IBEW business representative. “Nobody got everything they wanted on either side.”

Beginning this year, the IID will pay a maximum contribution of $577.74 per month toward individual employees’ health benefits.

Employees between ages 55 and 65 who are eligible for retirement benefits will get a maximum contribution of $1,146.41 toward the total cost of their health benefits.

Meeting glance

Here are three things that happened at Tuesday’s IID Board of Directors meeting

1 —  The Board of Directors considered renewing General Manager Kevin Kelley’s contract in closed session but did not take action.

“He wants a change in the terms,” said Director Steve Benson, when asked why the board did not take action on Kelley’s contract. Benson added that the board needs additional time to consider those terms.

IID officials initially confirmed that Kelley’s contract expires May 17. On Tuesday, however, they said it expires May 28.

2 — The Board of Directors approved a written engagement agreement with the law firm of Munger, Tolles and Olson in closed session.

“By virtue of section 6149 of the California Business and Professions code, the terms of that document are confidential,” said general counsel Ross Simmons.

3 — The Board of Directors approved a resolution that recognizes and accepts nearly $700,000 in state grant funds for a pilot project at the Salton Sea that would build a shallow water marine habitat that is powered by the area’s renewable energy. The solar gradient pond is a joint project with Sephton Water Technologies, and is one of three projects at the Salton Sea that have been awarded state grants.

Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles