Four unions representing a combined 24,000 state employees have reached tentative agreements with the Brown administration to extend their existing contracts for another year.
The unions represent state skilled crafts workers in IUOE, Bargaining Unit 12; doctors and dentists in UAPD, Unit 16; psychiatric technicians in CAPT, Unit 18; and health and social service professionals in Unit 19, which is represented by AFSCME.
All four groups are working under contracts that expire July 1. The extensions freeze the status quo for the unions until after potential ballot box decisions on a state tax hike in November, including one promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown. The deals also set up a scenario where the entire unionized state workforce, roughly 190,000 employees in 21 bargaining units, will be under labor pacts that expire on July 1, 2 or 3 of 2013.
Lynelle Jolley, spokeswoman for the Department of Personnel Administration confirmed the agreements contained in four one-page letters that roll over the terms of the four existing contracts. The letters aren't yet available, but as soon as they are, The State Worker will link to them or post them here.