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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 23, 2013
Operating engineers union reaches labor deal with Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown and the International Union of Operating Engineers have reached a two-year tentative agreement that boosts the pay of workers in Bargaining Unit 12 by at least 3 percent.

The deal, which must be approved by The Legislature and voting union members among the 11,000 or so workers covered by it, provides a one-time $1,200 bonus on July 1, 2014 and a 3 percent raise on July 1, 2015 contingent on projected state revenues sufficient to cover it. If the Brown administration determines that revenues aren't sufficient for the bonus and the raise next year, then the pay his back one year and increased to 3.25 percent with no bonus.

The tentative contract doesn't apply to IUOE-represented workers in Bargaining Unit 13. It also doesn't address raises that the Brown administration gave to State Water Project workers such as water and power dispatchers who have been routinely picked off by better-paying utilities. (We've posted detailed breakdowns of those pay hikes below.)

Here's the summary of the Bargaining Unit 12 deal:

BU 12 Tentative MOU Legislative Transmittal Package

Here are the new pay numbers for State Water Project employees in a agreement reached outside of contract talks:

Bu12 Iuoe 20130620 Addenda Costing Critical Staffing Shortage

Editor's note, Aug. 24: This post has been corrected to reflect the pay increase and bonus terms in the Bargaining Unit 12 contract.

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