State workers represented by SEIU Local 1000 will receive bonuses from their new contract by May 12, the State Controller’s Office says.
The $2,500 bonuses will be taxed as if they are combined with an employee’s April wages, but workers will receive them in separate payments, said a spokeswoman for the Controller’s Office.
The Controller’s Office distributed a memo describing the plan this week to state government human resources departments. Workers have been anticipating the bonuses since their union announced a new contract in December after calling off a planned one-day strike.
The 42-month contract includes cumulative raises totaling 11.5 percent offset somewhat by new payroll deductions for retiree health care that SEIU workers will begin making in July 2018.
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SEIU represents some 95,000 state workers in a wide range of occupations that includes accountants, nurses, custodians and most general office employees.