If you aren't a permanent employee, protected by the union, you can expect to stay a temporary employee for years, without full benefits. One woman I spoke to had been a temporary employee for 13 years before she was made permanent. Without permanent status, your health insurance covers less, there are no vacation days, you don't qualify for bonuses, union employees have first pick at jobs (even if they already have one, even if your job is at risk of going away, even if you have the job experience). Living as a temporary worker is stressful. You perform all of the duties and responsibilities of a union worker, you work as long or longer than union workers (you can be salary AND temporary), but it is very clear that you are less than everyone else here. Once you are permanent, California Water Service Co will take great care of you. The culture is positive, they almost exclusively promote from within, and they are good to their permanent employees. You should weigh the risk of being a temp employee for a long time against the benefits you might gain from permanent status. Also, they take great care of their customers. They are dedicated to their customers.
Good culture, takes good care of customers, promotes from within.
Long time to gain permanent employee status.