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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 26, 2013
Law enforcement officers' union agrees to new contract

Another union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.

This time it's the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association agreeing to a three-year deal that includes a 3 percent raise for all 7,000 state workers it represents, a diverse group of employees who do everything from protecting state lands and property to issuing licenses and permits and conducting investigations. Some arrest people.

The across-the board raise takes effect July 1, 2015. Hospital police officers and peace officers working in state developmental centers get an additional 4.67 percent raise effective July 1, 2015 on top of general raise.

Unlike many contracts negotiated with the Brown administration, the raises come in the last year of the agreement, so there's no "trigger" provision for delaying the increase if the state's financial projections are down.

Like other agreements, the contract brings employees' pension contributions in line with new public pension law requiring workers split the normal costs of their retirements with their employers.

Police officer/fire fighter members will contribute 13 percent of their pensionable pay for wages earned July 1, 2014 and beyond, with workers in the state safety category contributing 11 percent starting the same date.

Miscellaneous and industrial workers will continue paying their current rate of 8 percent toward retirement.

The administration estimates the deal will add $32.1 million in total costs to the state budget, assuming the Legislature and union rank and file OK it.

Here's the Department of Human Resources summary:

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