Now that the dust has had a minute to begin settling since CAL FIRE’s new MOU was adopted, I’m curious how this is affecting Schedule A and Amador contracts.
As with every MOU renewal over the past few decades, there was considerable concern that bringing CAL FIRE employee wages and working conditions closer to the industry standard may cause significant adverse impacts to CAL FIRE’s Schedule A contracts, with the possibility of either service reductions or elimination of the contract all together.
In years past, there have been relatively very few Schedule A or Amador contracts that were adversely affected as a direct result of the MOU. Sure, some contracts were threatening to ditch CAL FIRE for many years and the contracting agency just used a renewed MOU as a convenient scapegoat to achieve pre-existing goals. This really only effectively shook out some already weak hands, but few-if any-contracts were lost solely as a direct result of the wage increases.
Has this pattern held true with this most recent vote in October?