State Worker: California state labor deals add up to $63 million in new costs

jortiz@sacbee.comAugust 26, 2013 

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Dr. Sasan Salmi examines an inmate at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran on February 11, 2009.


Two union agreements recently reached with Gov. Jerry Brown will add between $43.1 million and $62.8 million in new employee compensation costs to the state, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.

The three-year contracts cover approximately 1,500 doctors and dentists represented by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists and another 5,000 or so psychologists, social workers and other health professionals in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

The proposed agreements raise pay 4 percent for most UAPD employees and 3 percent for most AFSCME-covered workers, although some job classes get bigger pay hikes.

The nearly $20 million swing in the analyst's estimate comes from contingency clauses in both contracts that allow the state to delay raises based on budget projections.

If for example, the state's 2014-15 projected revenues are deemed healthy, most AFSCME-covered workers would receive a 1.5 percent raise on July 1, 2014, and a second 1.5 percent raise a year later.

If the state's projected 2014-15 revenue is down, the raises are lumped together in the contract's final year.

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