A tentative labor agreement covering a few thousand state scientists would add about $19 million to California’s payroll expenditures over the next two years, according to a review by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Most of the added expense would come from a 4.5 percent pay raise phased in over two years beginning July 1. The state’s 12-month compensation costs for the roughly 3,000 unionized scientists totaled about $270 million as of March 2014, according administration estimates provided by the analyst. That figure includes salary and salary-driven benefits – Medicare, Social Security, and employer pension contributions. It does not include health care benefits.