Gov. Jerry Brown and the union representing state health and social services workers have reached a tentative agreement that includes an 8 percent raise for two job classifications, a 3 percent increase for the rest and assurances that the state will consider further hikes for a a handful of jobs.
And, like those agreements, the timing of the proposed pay hikes depends on the Brown administration's assessment of state government finances next year.
The Brown administration hasn't yet completed its cost analysis. A message left with AFSCME senior business agent Cliff Tillman wasn't immediately returned.
If the state's projected revenues pan out next year, vocational rehabilitation counselors and qualified rehabilitation professional and adoptions specialists will receive a 4 percent raise on July 1, 2014, and a second 4 percent raise a year later. All other classifications would receive two 1.5 percent raises over the last two years of the agreement.
If the state's projected 2014-15 revenue is down, the raises are lumped together in the contract's final year.
The agreement also calls for a pay study for dozen jobs, including chaplains, registered dietitians and speech pathologists.
Once that's done, the union and the state "will mutually decide on appropriate salary adjustments. Salary adjustments and related benefits shall not exceed .6% of payroll for AFSCME as of April 2013," according to the contract summary issued by Brown's Department of Human Resources.
Union members and the Legislature must approve the contract before it would retroactively take effect to July 1. AFSCME represents approximately 4,900 state employees in the health and social services fields.
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his state of the state speech to California legislators in Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua