The Legislature ratified the contract last week, and the union says it expects Brown to sign the deal on Wednesday. It includes a 4.5 percent pay raise for SEIU members by 2015. It also bans furloughs for the length of the contract period and increases travel and business reimbursements.
"Our new contract delivers on each of the four top priorities identified by our members," union president Yvonne R. Walker said in a prepared statement. "It protects retirement, preserves our 80/20 health benefit premiums, prohibits new furloughs or PLP days, and includes a wage increase for everyone."
The union, which has about 95,000 members, is the largest representing state workers.
PHOTO: Yvonne Walker, president of California state employees' largest labor union SEIU Local 1,000, smiles as she talks with Senator Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles on June 20, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.