DPA's State-Owned Housing program invites bids from interested parties for real estate appraisal services. Details on bid submissions will be available on the Dept. of General Services Web site beginning October 31 through December 4 at
http://www.eprocure.dgs.ca.gov/default.htm (input Contract no. 500-07-01).
Effective July 1, 2006, the State's "excluded" employees (civil service employees who do not have collective bargaining rights, such as managers and supervisors) will receive a 3.5 percent pay increase plus a one-time payment of $1,000.
Where recent labor contracts provided special adjustments for specific classes to aid in recruitment and retention, those same adjustments also will be provided to excluded classes within the same class series where appropriate.
In addition, for the 75-80 supervisory classes where the top salary is less than 5 percent above the top salary of the subordinate rank-and-file classes in the same series, DPA will adjust the supervisory class salary to ensure a 5 percent difference.
Excluded employees in Career Executive Assignment (CEA) positions will receive the $1,000 payment but will not receive the automatic 3.5 percent pay increase. (For further details, refer to
PML 2006-037 - PDF.)
This package does not apply to the State's non-civil service employees ("exempts"), such as agency secretaries, department directors, board and commission members, and Governor's Office staff.
Excluded employees affiliated with bargaining units 2 (attorneys and administrative law judges), 5 (highway patrol officers), 6 (correctional officers), and 9 (professional engineers), who received salary increases July 1 tied to the rank-and-file employees they supervise, are not covered by this package.
For further details on the excluded pay package, refer to
PML 2006-032 - PDF.
DPA has submitted three more tentative agreements to the Legislature for approval. The dates they were submitted, the new contract language, and summaries of key provisions
was posted on the Department of Personnel Administration’s website.
Twenty of the State's 21 bargaining units now have signed new contracts or have contracts awaiting ratification. Visit our "Contracts" page for a listing of all 21 units, tentative agreements pending, and contract expiration dates.
Negotiators for the State and the union representing 7,100 psychiatric technicians working in State mental hospitals, developmental centers, and prisons have accepted a mediator-proposed settlement on a new two-year contract. A mediator became involved when negotiations reached impasse last week.
Under the proposed settlement, employees in bargaining unit 18 would receive a 2.5 percent raise effective July 1, 2006, and another increase of 2.5 percent next July. In addition, the top pay for licensed psychiatric technicians would go up 5 percent beginning July 1, 2007.
Other key provisions:
Pension benefits for new State employees will be based on their highest three-year average salary, rather than the highest single year that applies to current employees.
The State's contribution to employee health premiums will be increased effective July 1, 2006, and again on Jan. 1, 2007, and Jan. 1, 2008, to a dollar amount that equals 80 percent of the average CalPERS-approved premium for that year.
New employees who enroll dependents under their State health plan will be subject to a two-year vesting period before they qualify for the full employer health contribution for dependent coverage. (For the first year, new employees will receive half the State's regular contribution for dependent health coverage; in the second year, 75 percent. Employees cover the remaining premium out-of-pocket.)
The tentative agreement, which would run through June 30, 2008, now goes to the Legislature and union members for ratification.
Negotiators for the State and the California Association of Professional Scientists have reached agreement on a new two-year contract to replace the one that expired July 1, 2006. The contract covers roughly 2,700 employees in bargaining unit 10.
Under the new agreement, employees would receive a 3.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment effective July 1, 2006, and a second COLA on July 1, 2007, of 2-4 percent, based on the consumer price index.
In addition, effective Jan. 1, 2007, the maximum salary for approximately 400 public health positions would increase 2.5 to 10 percent to aid State recruitment. Employees not covered by these "equity adjustments" would receive a one-time payment of $1000 upon contract ratification. The last raise for these employees was July 1, 2003.
The State's contribution to employee health premiums will be reduced from 85 percent of the average premium to 80 percent.
New employees who enroll dependents under their State health plan will be subject to a two-year vesting period before they qualify for the full employer health contribution for dependent coverage. (The tentative agreement, which would run through June 30, 2008, now goes to the Legislature and union members for ratification.)
DPA and the union representing 7,100 psychiatric technicians working in State mental hospitals, developmental centers, and prisons have reached impasse in their efforts to negotiate a new contract to replace the one that expired June 30, 2006.
The next step, following a formal impasse declaration by the Public Employment Relations Board, would be selecting a mediator to help the parties resolve the stalemate.
Under the State's collective bargaining law ("Dills Act"), if the parties are unable to resolve the impasse using a mediator, the State could submit its last, best, and final offer to the Legislature, which would vote on funding for the economic package.
The State has negotiated a new contract with the California Association of Highway Patrolmen to replace the contract that expired July 2, 2006. The new agreement, which covers roughly 6,400 CHP officers, runs through July 2, 2010.
The State will phase out the longstanding practice that relieved CHP officers of having to pay into their own retirement. Over the four-year contract, officers will assume full responsibility for CalPERS contributions currently paid by the State. (The monthly employee retirement contribution for the Patrol category equals roughly 8 percent of pay. This amount is separate from the employer contribution, which CalPERS sets annually based on investment returns and fund liabilities.) During this period, their pay will increase by the amount of the contribution they must pay to CalPERS. This change reestablishes the principle that the employee share of retirement should be paid by the employee.
Effective July 3, 2006, officers will receive a stipend equal to 3.5% of their base pay to compensate for time spent on pre- and post-shift activities such as donning protective gear, inspecting weapons and vehicles, and performing other activities integral to their job. Providing this stipend resolves a potential liability for the State stemming from recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the issue of "donning and doffing" activities.
The annual uniform allowance will increase from $570 to $920 over the next three years, and a $25/mo. uniform cleaning allowance will be implemented effective July 3, 2006.
The additional hourly pay officers receive for working swing and night shifts will increase over the next two years. Effective July 3, 2006, swing shifts will be paid an additional $0.80/hr.; this differential will increase to $1/hr. on July 1, 2008. (The current swing shift differential is $0.40/hr.) The night shift differential will go up to $1.30/hr., then $1.50/hr., on these same dates from the current $0.65/hr.
Officers who suffer an extremely serious bodily injury in the line of duty, but who have not yet reached the minimum retirement age of 50, will be eligible for disability benefits as though they had reached age 50, i.e., 3 percent of salary per year of service, not to exceed 90 percent, or the current benefit level of 50 percent of salary, whichever is greater.
Survivors of officers who die before age 50 will be allowed to choose between the existing lump sum death benefit and an alternate benefit that pays a lifetime monthly allowance. To be eligible for the alternate death benefit, the officer must have had at least 20 years of service.
Officers who recruit a new Patrol member will receive an additional 40 hours of leave, up to 120 hours per year for three new Patrol members. This program is intended to boost CHP recruitment efforts.
The contract will continue to provide the annual salary adjustments required by State law (Government Code section 19827) to keep highway patrol officers compensation on par with local law enforcement in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Diego.
The agreement now goes to the Legislature and union members for ratification.
DPA has submitted four more tentative contract agreements to the Legislature for approval. The dates they were submitted, the new contract language, and summaries of key provisions are available from the following links:
Bargaining Unit 13 (IUOE), Stationary Engineers
Bargaining Unit 16 (UAPD), Physicians, Dentists and Podiatrists
Bargaining Unit 19 (AFSCME), Health and Social Services/Professional
With these latest agreements, 17 of the State's 21 bargaining units now have signed labor contracts or tentative agreements awaiting ratification. Visit our "Contracts" page for a listing of all 21 bargaining units, tentative agreements pending, and contract expiration dates.
The union representing the State's health and social service professionals has reached tentative agreement with the Schwarzenegger Administration on a new 2-year contract.
The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents 4,130 employees at various State departments, including Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Developmental Services, and Social Services.
The new contract grants a 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase effective July 1, 2006, plus a second COLA next July of 2 to 4 percent, depending on the consumer price index. In addition, beginning Jan. 1, 2007, the top salary for psychologists and occupational therapists will increase 5 percent; for pharmacists, 10 percent.
Pensions for new employees will be based on their highest three-year average salary, rather than the highest single year that applies to current employees.
Monthly "recruitment and retention" pay differentials will be considered part of the employee's final compensation for retirement purposes.
This agreement now goes to the Legislature and union members for ratification.
Negotiators for the Schwarzenegger Administration have reached tentative agreement on a new 2-year contract with the union representing State physicians, psychiatrists, and dentists.
The Union of American Physicians and Dentists represents 1,600 doctors employed at prisons and youth correctional facilities, mental health hospitals, developmental centers, veterans homes, and the departments of social services and health services.
Under this agreement, State doctors will receive a 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase effective July 1, 2006, plus a second COLA next July of 2 to 4 percent, depending on the consumer price index. In addition, beginning Jan. 1, 2007, the top of their pay range will increase by 7.5 percent (10 percent for podiatrists).
Pension benefits for new employees will be based on their highest three-year average salary, rather than the highest single year that applies to current employees.
The State will reimburse continuing medical education expenses up to $1000/year, up from the current reimbursement level of $500-700/year.
The State has reached a tentative agreement with Bargaining Unit 13, represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers. The agreement, which covers roughly 900 plant operations and building maintenance employees, runs from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2008. The unit's last contract expired July 2, 2003.
Key provisions include a 3.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment effective July 1, 2006, and a second COLA on July 1, 2007, of 2-4 percent, based on the consumer price index. The State will also grant a one-time payment of $1,000 to all employees covered by the agreement. The last raise for these employees was July 1, 2003.
Other key provisions of the new agreement:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, specified employees who are State certified in water and wastewater plant operations at the highest levels will receive a monthly 4% pay differential, while the current differential for specified chief plant operators will increase from 5% to 6%. These differentials help keep these critical positions filled and ensure the personnel have the required expertise.
The tentative agreement now goes to the Legislature and union membership for ratification.
The State has reached a tentative agreement with Bargaining Unit 12, represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers. The agreement, which covers roughly 12,000 craft and maintenance employees, runs from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2008. The unit's last contract expired July 2, 2004.
Survivors of highway maintenance workers killed on the job will become eligible for a new death benefit.
Pay ranges will be raised 5 percent for certain employees in the State's hydroelectric plants (operators, electricians, and mechanics at hydroelectric plants), heavy equipment operators at Caltrans and the Military Department, telecom technicians, and electronics technicians. These are positions where the State has difficulty recruiting and retaining employees. Adjusting the pay range upward allows employees to become eligible for a higher salary at the top of their pay range.
The tentative agreements between the State and the nine bargaining units represented by SEIU Local 1000 have been submitted for legislative approval. You can read the tentative agreements, as well as a summary of key provisions, by visiting DPA's "Contracts" page and clicking on the appropriate link.
Negotiators for the Schwarzenegger Administration have reached a tentative agreement with SEIU Local 1000 on new contracts covering 87,000 State employees. The agreement runs from July 1, 2005, when most of union's nine contracts expired, through June 30, 2008.
Key provisions include a 3.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment effective July 1, 2006, and a second COLA on July 1, 2007, of 2-4 percent, based on the consumer price index. The State will also grant a one-time payment of $1,000 to all employees covered by the agreement. The last raise for these employees was in July 2003.
Pay ranges will be raised 5 percent for employees in medical classifications (exception: pay range for Respiratory Care Practitioners will be raised 10 percent), IT professionals, auditors, and teachers in State facilities. These are positions where State salaries significantly lag other large employers. Adjusting the pay range upward allows employees to become eligible for a higher salary at the top of their pay range.
Health and pension benefits remain the same for current employees. (The State contribution to employee health premiums is equal to 80 percent of the average weighted premium of the four CalPERS plans with the highest enrollment.)
Yes. Government Code Section 3517.8 says:
"If a memorandum of understanding has expired, and the Governor and the recognized employee organization have not agreed to a new memorandum of understanding and have not reached an impasse in negotiations, subject to subdivision (b), the parties to the agreement shall continue to give effect to the provisions of the expired memorandum of understanding, including, but not limited to, all provisions that supersede existing law, any arbitration provisions, any no strike provisions..."
Governor Schwarzenegger today signed a new two-year contract agreement between the State and the union representing attorneys and hearing officers (bargaining unit 2).
The agreement, announced October 21, 2005, was approved by the Legislature last week (AB 146, Nunez). It runs from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2007. Employees in this unit have been working without a contract since July 2, 2003.
Under the terms of this new agreement, the roughly 3,200 employees it covers will receive a 2.5% cost-of-living adjustment retroactive to July 1, 2005, and another 3.4% COLA effective July 1, 2006.
Employees will pay an additional 1% of salary toward pension costs beginning July 1, 2006. New employees will be covered by a new pension formula that's based on their highest three-year average salary. The formula for current employees will continue to be based on their single highest year salary.
Health benefits were also modified: The State will raise its contribution toward the employee's premium, but it will remain at that amount for the contract's duration. The new employer contribution amounts (which apply to health, dental, and vision benefits) will be $365/mo. for single-party coverage, $696/mo. for two-party, and $906 for family coverage. These new amounts will be retroactive to January 1, 2006.
New employees will be eligible for the full contribution amount for dependent health coverage after completing their first two years of State employment. The State will contribute half the normal amount for dependents during the first year and 75 percent during the second year.
In addition to the COLAs, the contract addresses recruitment and retention difficulties in certain civil service classifications: the starting salary for new attorneys with less than one year of legal experience will rise from $3834/mo. to $4410/mo., retroactive to July 1, 2005, and the top salary for Attorney III and IV positions will be raised 5%, effective July 1, 2006.
Negotiators for Gov. Schwarzenegger have reached a tentative agreement with the State firefighters union (bargaining unit 8) on a two-year contract extension that provides much-needed pay adjustments for the States seasonal firefighters.
The agreement, which must go to the Legislature and union members for ratification, will increase compensation for seasonal firefighters by roughly 17-20 percent. (The State hires anywhere from 800 to 1,200 seasonal firefighters each year during fire season.) This increase is accomplished by reducing their work shift from 96 to 72 hours a week, raising the hourly rate used to calculate overtime pay. Specifically:
The hourly rate for seasonal firefighters will rise from $8.62/hr. to $9.09/hr.
These employees will qualify for time-and-a-half when they work more than 53 hours in a workweek. This moves seasonal firefighters to the same planned overtime shift pattern used for other firefighting personnel.
In addition, about 135 employees in the bargaining unit who are covered by a 40-hour workweek will receive a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment1.
The cost of these increases will be offset by a reduction in the work shift (from 84 to 72 hours) for newly hired battalion chiefs, with a corresponding reduction in overtime pay. There will be no change in pay for current battalion chiefs, nor for the vast majority of the 5,500 employees in this bargaining unit.
Health and pension benefits remain the same. The current firefighters contract expires June 30, 2006. With this extension, the agreement runs through June 30, 2008.
This provision applies to the following civil service classifications: Forestry Field Trainee; Forestry Assistant I and II; Forestry Technician; Forestry Aide; Air Operations Officer I, II, and III; Air Operations Officer I, II, and III (managerial); Fire Prevention Officer I and II; Forester I (non-supervisory); Fire Prevention Assistant; Fire Prevention Specialist I and II; and Forestry Logistics Officer I.
The Administration is ready, willing, and able to propose an economic package at the bargaining table. In fact, we tried to schedule a bargaining session for early this month so we could make an offer, but SEIU cited scheduling conflicts that prevent the union from meeting any sooner than May 22.
Training officers conference May 24-25 - PDF
DPA issues correction to Unit 2 agreement - PDF
The Memorandum of Understanding with Bargaining Unit 2 (575 KB PDF) was ratified by the Legislature May 11, 2006. It was initially submitted for review to the Legislative Analyst and Members of the Legislature December 2, 2005, along with a summary (28 KB PDF) of its provisions.
On September 17, 2007, DPA submitted an addendum (167 KB PDF) to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Legislative Analyst agreed to by the parties August 30, 2007.
Public meetings were held on the following dates at 11:00 a.m. in Conference Room A/B at the Department of Personnel Administration, 1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 400, Sacramento, California 95811-7258. These meetings were required by Section 3523 of the Ralph C. Dills Act, which governs collective bargaining for California state civil service employees. For information on proposals made or received at the meetings, see
initial bargaining proposals in 2006.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Monday, July 3, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Thursday, May 4, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Thursday, March 9, 2006
Thursday, March 2, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006