The State Worker

California prison officers’ union, Jerry Brown agree on contract

Gov. Jerry Brown and California’s correctional officers’ union have reached a tentative labor agreement that includes pay raises and first-ever contributions to a retiree health-benefits fund.

According to several sources, the terms of the three-year deal include annual across-the-board 3 percent pay raises for the members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. The first raise kicks in upon ratification. The second and third raises would take effect on July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018.

Meanwhile, the union’s 29,000 or so members on July 1 of this year will begin paying 1.3 percent of salary into a reserve set aside for retirees’ medical, dental and vision benefits. A year later, the contribution will increase to 2.6 percent and in 2018 it tops out at 4 percent of pay. The state will match the employees’ contribution.

Calls to the union were not immediately returned. Government Operations Agency spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill would only confirm the broad terms of the agreement: “The administration believes it has reached a fair contract proposal that meets the governor’s goals of employees and the state sharing in future retiree health care costs.”

State worker salary database

CCPOA has been without a contract since last July. According to state payroll data, gross wages to the union’s members totaled $2.45 billion, an average annual wage of $85,600 per employee. The figures include overtime but do not account for pensions or other state-subsidized benefits.