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Brown Signs Calif. Workers Contracts, But Raises Will Wait

March 20, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown on Mar. 15 signed contracts with five unions that represent about 126,000 state workers—but many will have to wait at least until May to get the raises and bonuses agreed to in the pacts.

Workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1000, the largest of the five, are supposed to get $2,500 bonuses. But Taryn Kinney, a spokesperson for the state controller’s office, told the Sacramento Bee that it’s unlikely that those checks will be issued in April, because the office has to get an order from the state Human Resources department first. Local 1000 members will start getting their raises from the 3½-year contract on July 1. Other state workers covered by the contracts, including state firefighters, psychiatric technicians, maintenance workers in the International Union of Operating Engineers, and health-care and social-service workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, will get raises retroactive to either Jan. 1 or last July 1, once they come through. Read more

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