The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 7, 2010
More details about the SEIU tentative agreement

The Department of Personnel Administration has provided The State Worker with the following outline of provisions in the tentative agreement with SEIU Local 1000:

• Reduced pension formulas for new employees:

Misc.: 2% at age 60 for (from current 2% at age 55)

Safety: 2% at age 55 (from current 2.5% at age 55)

• Increased pension contribution for current employees:

Misc.: 8% of salary over $513/mo. (from current 5% over $513/mo.)

Safety: 9% of salary over $317/mo. (from current 6% over $317/mo.)

• Personal Leave Program: One unpaid leave day per month for 12 months, which reduces pay by roughly 5 percent. This leave cannot be cashed out.

• Furloughs: Nine furlough days (covering Aug. through Oct. 2010 -- do not count toward PLP days)

• Health premiums: State increases its share of health premiums to 2010 rates for bargaining unit 3 only (from 2008 rates); this share will be adjusted each January during the contract period to reflect annual changes in health premiums.

• Pay scales: Effective July 1, 2013, increases top step by 3%; only affects employees who reach top step.

• Holidays: Columbus Day and Lincoln's Birthday eliminated as paid holidays; employees will receive premium pay if required to work any of six major holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

• Employees entitled to two professional development days per year.

• Continuously appropriates payroll during term of this contract, which protects employees from minimum wage payments in the event of budget delays.

• Employees will not be furloughed during 12 months that Personal Leave Program is in effect. No furlough protections thereafter.

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