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Largest State Workers Union In California Considers Strike

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

SEIU Local 1000 members rally for pay raises at the State Capitol on June 5th, 2013.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California's largest state worker union is planning a strike vote, saying Gov. Jerry Brown's negotiators are not offering a large enough salary increase.

"Like all Californians, we should be able to provide for our families," SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker wrote in a message to members posted on the union's website. "Yet, the state is offering us only 2.96% per year with a 3.5% employee contribution to our retiree healthcare."

Walker said that although SEIU Local 1000 will continue to negotiate in good faith in the coming weeks, "the recent lack of movement by the state means we have to prepare for all options, including moving forward with a strike authorization vote."

The message does not provide a timeline for the vote or strike beyond promising to send voting information to union members next week.

The Brown administration says it hopes to reach an agreement that reflects the contributions of hard-working state employees while keeping California’s budget stable.

SEIU Local 1000 represents 95,000 state workers across several departments.

This story was updated at 5:10pm to reflect a late response from the Brown administration.