PEC Press Release - Pedernales Electric has implemented an innovative leave-sharing policy approved by the Cooperative’s Board of Directors in August. The policy enables employees to donate their individual sick leave to co-workers on extended family or medical leave.
“The policy was really created because our employees voiced a desire to support their co-workers in times of need,” said PEC General Manager Juan Garza. “This is a great example of how PEC employees care for one another and work together as a team.”
PEC Board President/District 6 Director Larry Landaker helped make the policy a priority on the Board’s August agenda. “I already am struck by the devotion PEC employees have for their colleagues and communities,” Landaker said. “This sense of family is what sets the Cooperative apart from other businesses.”
Long-term leave due to a serious accident or illness often can have a significant financial impact on individuals and families. The leave-sharing measure will allow PEC employees to help their co-workers weather that burden while PEC maintains its current insurance coverage.
Landaker backed the policy from the beginning. “I think it’s a great idea for PEC employees, the Co-op and the membership. I whole-heartedly supported passing the leave-sharing policy because I know how hard employees work for the membership, and I think it’s wonderful that employees want to be there for each other. That’s the Cooperative spirit.”
Garza agrees the policy will be of benefit not only to employees, but to the membership, management and the Board as well. “The success of the Cooperative ultimately depends on how well PEC employees work together as a team toward our united goal — serving the membership. Something like the leave-sharing policy helps solidify the strong bond employees already have, and in the end, everyone benefits. It’s just a really positive deal all the way around.”