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Yvonne Walker, president of California state employees' largest labor union SEIU Local 1,000, smiles as she talks with Senator Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, at the State Capitol during a committee hearing on June 20, 2012.

The State Worker’s Top 10: SEIU Local 1000 gets a contract

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 3:47 pm

After going several years without a general salary increase for the 95,000 state workers it represents, SEIU Local 1000 last summer announced a new contract deal with Gov. Jerry Brown that included an across-the-board pay raise.

The deal, however, fell short of the terms President Yvonne Walker said she demanded from Gov. Jerry Brown: an immediate across-the-board $2,500 bonus, followed by a 7 percent salary increase in 2014 and 9 percent boost the following year. She figured that the state owed that much to make good for all those years of stagnant wages and government furloughs that were the most onerous in the nation.

As reported in this blog’s 3rd-most-viewed post of 2013, SEIU Local 1000 says tentative labor agreement includes raises, Walker settled for a general 4.5 percent pay hike over three years. DMV employees represented by Local 1000 received an additional raise.

This post is part of a series counting down The State Worker’s most-viewed blog items of 2013.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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