Governor Signs Assemblymember Bonta's Bill to Increase Wages for State Employees

AB 1377 contains the contract for SEIU Local 1000, which represents the state’s largest bargaining groups consisting of more than 95,000 employees.

Credit: Assemblymember Rob Bonta's Office
Credit: Assemblymember Rob Bonta's Office
Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed his first bill AB 1377 containing the contract for SEIU Local 1000, which represents the state’s largest bargaining groups consisting of more than 95,000 employees. 

AB 1377 passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and was ratified by SEIU Local 1000 members before it was signed by the Governor on Thursday.

"As Chair of the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, I was fortunate to follow closely the contract negotiations between SEIU Local 1000 and the State Department of Human Resources,” Bonta said in a press release. "By signing this bill, Governor Brown clearly recognizes and respects the shared sacrifices made by our state workers over the past decade. The contract bans furloughs for the length of the contract, and, most importantly, includes a 4.5 percent pay raise for SEIU members by 2015---their first raise in seven years.”  

Yvonne R. Walker, president of SEIU Local 1,000 Union, said the new contract delivers on each of the four top priorities identified by their members. It protects retirement, preserves our 80/20 health benefit premiums, prohibits new furloughs or PLP days, and includes a wage increase for everyone.

"I have watched for many years as state workers suffered from deeper and deeper cuts and furloughs. AB 1377 was an opportunity to restore some of those cumulative sacrifices," Bonta said in the release. "Our state workers are a major reason our state was able to stay afloat, and after many years, our state is finally in a position to recognize those sacrifices with a few modest benefits.”  
Alameda Resident July 13, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Oh great. No concessions on pensions or retirement benefits? Way to go, Bonta. Nice job protecting the interests of the state.
Allan Lindsay-O'Neal August 01, 2013 at 09:02 PM
What the hell is wrong with Rob Bonta? He's been a fountain of questionable legislation ever since he got elected and this pandering to the most disgusting and destructive union of them all is a clear sign he's shooting for higher office. To protect our wallets and our sanity, we must do everything we can to send this fellow packing in the next election


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