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July 10, 2013
CA psychiatric technicians reach tentative deal with Jerry Brown

RCB_SHARON_VISITS_NAPA_ID.JPGState psychiatric technicians and Gov. Jerry Brown reached a tentative three-year agreement Wednesday that includes a 4.25 percent pay raise for the unit by 2015.

The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, which represents about 6,000 psychiatric technicians in state service, became the second union to reach a new three-year deal after its contract with the state expired July 1.

The new agreement is similar to the deal struck earlier this summer between Brown and SEIU Local 1000, under which members got a 4.5 percent raise. Like the SEIU deal, psychiatric technicians will either receive the raise in two parts -- 2 percent in 2014 and 2.25 percent in 2015, or all 4.25 percent in 2015 if the state determines it does not have the funds for the raise in 2014.

Under the agreement, furloughs and PLP time will be prohibited for the duration of the contract.

"We sought to make improvement in both economic and non-economic contract language," said Brady Oppenheim, a consultant for California Association of Psychiatric Technicians. "And we feel we achieved modest, but fair improvements in this latest tentative agreement."

More psychiatric technicians who make up bargaining unit 18 work in state developmental centers, hospitals and prisons to provide care for developmentally disabled and mentally ill clients.

The agreement will now head to both the Legislature and union membership for voting.

PHOTO: Sharon Benda shows her license as ID to gain entry to visit her mentally ill son at the Napa State Hospital in Napa on Saturday September 4, 2004. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer.

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