California Officials, Doctors’ Union Reach Tentative Labor Agreement
The Union of American Physicians and Dentists and the California Department of Human Resources have reached a tentative agreement on a labor contract that includes raises for about 1,500 employees within three years, the Sacramento Bee's "The State Worker" reports.
Details of Agreement
If approved by the state Legislature and UAPD membership, the agreement would be implemented retroactively from last month through July 1, 2016.
The agreement would add about $28.9 million in salary expenses, according to estimates by Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) administration.
The agreement would include:
- An 8% raise for some doctor and surgeon subgroups;
- A 5% raise for some medical consultants and public health officers; and
- A 4% raise for all other UAPD-covered employees.
Pay increases would be dependent on state revenue. They would be dispersed over fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 if state revenue meets projections. If revenue falls short of projections, the increases would be delayed and distributed together in FY 2015-2016, according to the agreement.
The agreement also would:
- Guarantee no furloughs through the life of the deal;
- Accept pension changes made last year by Brown and the state Legislature;
- Increase business and travel reimbursements; and
- Increase employer contributions to health, dental and vision coverage by 8% (Ortiz, "The State Worker," Sacramento Bee, 8/19).