California SEIU contract includes 9 to 19 percent raises for many workers

California Gov. Jerry Brown is surrounded by unidentified SEIU workers after signing a bill creating the highest statewide minimum wage at $15 an hour by 2022 at the Ronald Reagan building in Los Angeles, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

California Gov. Jerry Brown is surrounded by unidentified SEIU workers after signing a bill creating the highest statewide minimum wage at $15 an hour by 2022 at the Ronald Reagan building in Los Angeles, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

From Sacramento Bee: A proposed contract for state government’s largest union includes dozens of special pay raises for certain workers that could increase their salaries by as much as 19 percent next year, according to new details released this week by the bargaining units.

The biggest gains would go to financial experts working for departments like CalPERS, as well as workers with specialized training in competitive career fields.

Most actuaries next year would receive a 15 percent salary bump on top of the standard 4 percent raise that all workers represented by SEIU Local 1000 would gain. In general, they’re financial planners working for CalPERS who earn between $7,300 and $10,000 a month.

In total, the proposed SEIU contract would raise their salaries by 19 percent next year. Many vocational nurses would receive an 11.25 percent wage hike on top of the union’s 4 percent general salary increase.

Other job classifications, from tax auditors to environmental planners, would receive a 5 percent special salary hike next in addition to the general SEIU raise. Custodians, too, would gain 3 percent on top of the standard raise.

The state and its unions regularly conduct salary surveys, and special salary adjustments are intended to keep certain careers competitive with the private sector. A 2014 state salary survey showed that many SEIU workers had fallen behind their peers outside of state government.

Since then, the union and the state have studied how to offer better incentives for those high-demand workers.

SEIU Local 1000 Vice President Margarita Maldonado

SEIU Local 1000 Vice President Margarita Maldonado

“A lot of this came out of the state’s inability to recruit or retain” for competitive career fields, said SEIU Local 1000 Vice President Margarita Maldonado. “The work they do is really good quality work. As soon as (other employers) find out, (the workers) are getting a lot more money” and job offers.

SEIU Local 1000 members will vote on the contract between Jan. 4 and Jan. 17. It published the tentative agreement this week, and it has been hosting meetings for its members to learn more about it. The union’s advisory commission endorsed it last weekend.

SEIU Local 1000 was on the brink of a strike over the contract two weeks ago, arguing that its members deserved better than Gov. Jerry Brown’s initial contract offer. Brown had proposed a series of four annual raises of about 3 percent each, offset by rising employee contributions for retiree health care.

In broad terms, SEIU’s tentative contract looks similar to Brown’s proposal, although it delays and reduces the retiree health care contributions. It provides a $2,500 bonus this year, a 4 percent raise in 2017, a 4 percent raise in 2018 and a 3.5 percent raise in 2019.

Some of its members were angered when they saw that outline. One state worker even created a contract calculator online where SEIU members could compare Brown’s offer to the one SEIU negotiated.

But the new details reveal that thousands of SEIU members across a broad range of careers stand to gain significantly more money than the initial outline suggested. Maldonado characterized the base wage increase of 11.5 percent over four years as the floor of the agreement, with some workers gaining as much as 27 percent through 2019.

The California Department of Human Resources and the Legislative Analyst’s Office have not yet released an estimate regarding the contract’s total cost.

DCG

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12 responses to “California SEIU contract includes 9 to 19 percent raises for many workers

  1. Yippie yay! Let’s hasten California going over the cliff!

    Seriously, the state of California is insane.

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  2. SEIU… being a commie pays.

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  3. Paying off voters and buying new voters. Your right, Calif. is nuts
    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/california-adopt-first-u-energy-saving-rules-co

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  4. I wonder how many companies AND tax paying citizens will be moving out of Californification before they are taxed into poverty! These people are too stupid to see what greed did to Greece!

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  5. Their taxes will probably go up enough to steal most of it back.
    What the Gubbermint giveth, it usually taketh away more.
    They will raise income taxes, bump people up a tax bracket, raise property taxes, so rents will go up too.Sales taxes will go up.
    And they will have services cut when Trump cuts of Federal Money for their stupid Sanctuary crap.

    Ain’t nothing Free in Water World.

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  6. Mexifornia strikes again. I wonder how they will pay for this, joking. Any takers on huge tax increases and demands for government bailouts?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Goonions.

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  8. And I’ll bet the Union raises their dues to give more money to the DemonRats.

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  9. Just looking at the picture of SEIU Vice President Margarita Maldanado certainly makes one think she has never missed a “free lunch in her life!” I am sick to death of SEIU and their blood sucking ways . . . it is little wonder our nation is in such sad shape. These kinds of raises, and yet other little people must pay and pay for them to feast at the head table.

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  10. Welcome to Taxifornia, the Gigantic Left Freak Show!

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  11. And they wonder why so many companies hate them and go off shore for workers.
    Greed is dangerous. And now, it seems they all want to live like the union leaders, which Is sinful.

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  12. Ronnie Reagan must be spinning in his grave.
    Oh and give all those losers a trophy.

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