California's state attorneys are paid far less than their counterparts in local governments and the private sector. The union, one of the smallest bargaining units in the state, for years has argued for pay parity with little success.
In the last few years the union has taken a different tack by aggressively fighting contracts that outsource legal work it says should go to its members.
Here are pay numbers for California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment , Bargaining Unit 2:
Number of employees in 2012: 3,573
2012 average pay: $93,142
2012 median pay: $105,548
Number of employees in 2011: 3,459
2011 average pay: $94,091.89
2011 median pay: $103,658.33
2012 Largest job class: Attorney III (620 positions)
Highest paid job class (2012 average): Tax Counsel IV ($118,777)
Lowest paid job class (2012 average): Graduate Legal Assistant ($10,872)
With talks and ratification votes for new state employee contracts on the agenda over the next few weeks, The State Worker is looking at what unionized workers earned over the last two years by bargaining unit.
The numbers feeding the series come from the State Controller's payroll database. The figures include only regular pay issued to full-time employees represented by the 21 bargaining units that negotiate contracts with the state. The number of employees includes only full-time workers who were paid more than 1 cent during the calendar year. University of California and California State University employee earnings are not included in these figures. The data covers calendar 2011 and 2012.
PHOTO: An attorney pulls a law book from the shelves at the Law Library at UC Davis on Nov. 26, 2003. The Sacramento Bee/ Lezlie Sterling