December 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Sacramento, CA – The tentative contract deal between California and the largest state workers’ union would give a $2,500 signing bonus instead of a raise this year.
Under the proposed four-year agreement, according to a message SEIU Local 1000 sent to members Dec. 5, workers would get a 4% raise next year, 4% in 2018, and 3.5% in 2019. Part of those raises, however, would be eaten up by workers having to begin contributing to retiree health care: 1.2% of their salary starting in July 2018 and 2.3% a year later. Gov. Jerry Brown had offered a similar wage increase, but wanted the health-care deductions to reach 3.5% by 2019. President Yvonne Walker recommended ratification, but a dissident group called We Are Local 1000 criticized the deal, saying, “you can reject this bad offer and send her back to the bargaining table.” The contract would also have to be approved by the state legislature. Local 1000 represents about 95,000 state employees. Read more