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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 27, 2013
Jerry Brown signs state employee pay raise, contract bills

130927-Jerry-Brown-bill-signing.jpgGov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that funds special pay raises for workers in two departments and another measure that appropriates money for new contracts he bargained with seven employee unions.

Senate Bill 102 approves special agreements with various unions totaling $45.1 million, including raises in fiscal 2013-14 for key State Water Project employees and wage hikes for DMV workers.

Assembly Bill 478 appropriates $18.5 million to cover the fiscal 2013-14 cost of contracts negotiated with seven unions and conforms to pension roll-back laws passed last year.

The measure also makes compensation for those employees a continuous appropriation for either two or three years, depending when their contracts expire. The designation guarantees their pay won't be withheld if a budget impasse keeps the state from paying other obligations on time.

Here's a list of the unions included in AB 478 and the final year of their continuous appropriation protection:

California Correctional Peace Officers Association (BU 6) - FY 2014-15
California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (BU 7) - FY 2015-16
Professional Engineers in California Government (BU 9) - FY 2014-15
International Union of Operating Engineers (BU 12) - FY 2014-15
Union of American Physicians and Dentists (BU 16) - FY 2015-16
California Association of Psychiatric Technicians (BU 18) - FY 2015-16
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (BU 19) - FY 2015-16

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and his Legislative Affairs Secretary, Gareth Elliot, discuss a bill awaiting the governor's signature in the Capitol courtyard on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli

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