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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 11, 2013
SEIU Local 1000 says tentative labor agreement includes raises

20120620_HA_WALKER0083.JPGThe state's largest public employees union says it bargained a new contract with Gov. Jerry Brown that includes an across-the-board pay raise of 4.5 percent over 3 years.

The contract, which must be ratified by voting members of the 95,000-employee of SEIU Local 1000, provides either a 2 percent raise July 1, 2014 and a 2.5 percent raise a year later if the state "achieves certain revenue targets," according to an early-morning union email announcing the deal.

If the state misses the revenue targets, the entire 4.5 percent increase would be effective July 1, 2015.

The announcement, emailed this morning around 5 a.m., doesn't detail the revenue thresholds for the pay increases. A spokeswoman for Brown's Department of Human Resources could not be immediately reached for comment.

The agreement falls short of the pay increases that local negotiators wanted: an across-the-board $2,500 bonus this year for all 95,000 state employees covered by Local 1000, followed by a 7 percent salary increase in 2014 and 9 percent boost the following year.

After talks stalled last week, Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker said "the fight is on" over money.

PHOTO: SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker. Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua

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