A tentative agreement has been reached between state government’s legal corps and Gov. Jerry Brown.
“This (Memorandum of Understanding) reflects an agreement designed to benefit all members of Bargaining Unit 2, address the structural pay concerns our unit has faced for years, and fix classification issues that have restricted promotional opportunities,” the union’s board wrote in the email to members and obtained by The Sacramento Bee.
The agreement includes, among other things, a 14 percent salary increase for the state’s lawyers phased in over the next two years.
A spokesperson for the California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment confirmed Wednesday that an agreement was out for ratification by the union membership and that it contained the 14 percent pay bump but would not elaborate further. CASE represents nearly 3,500 legal professionals.
The agreement outlined in the email would also create a new classification of state employee, the Worker’s Compensation Judge II which would have a 5 percent higher salary than a WCJ I.
The agreement includes better health benefits, but would require employees to pay into the retiree health plan – 2 percent of their monthly pay by 2019. It also would increase the number of unused leave hours workers can swap for cash from 20 to 80.
The agreement would run retroactively from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2019. The deal needs to be ratified by the rank and file and the Legislature.