KUA Approves Pay Plan for Reservists

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 22, 8:30 pm – As members of America’s military reserves prepare to be called to active duty, the Board of Directors of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) voted Wednesday evening to approve a new salary plan for utility employees enlisted in the reserves.
Under the plan, KUA will pay utility workers called up for non-voluntary military reserve duty full pay for the first 30 days, ongoing health benefits and accrual of retirement time during military service. In addition, the utility will pay the difference between their military pay and regular salaries for the entire duration of their active duty.
“For individuals called to active duty in the reserves, many things – from careers to family obligations – have been put on hold. Unfortunately, paying bills isn’t among them,” said KUA Board chairman Larry Walter. “It is important for our reservists to have piece of mind that their families will be taken care of in their absence.”
While federal law protects reservists’ jobs, it doesn’t require employers to pay reservists while on active duty. This policy applies to all KUA employees currently enlisted in the reserves who are called to active duty within the next 12 months.
KUA’s Board approved a similar pay plan in September 2001 in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s 6th largest community-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and internet customers in four Central Florida counties.
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Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116
cgent@kua.com