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California Worker's Union Reaches Deal With State Government


Update 12/3/2016: California's largest public-employee union has reached an agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration after months of negotiations and the threat of a strike.

"We're pleased to have reached an agreement with union leaders and look forward to the entire membership voting on the proposal," said Joe DeAnda, a spokesman with the California Department of Human Resources.

Yvonne Walker, president of SEIU Local 1000, said in a statement  Saturday that the tentative agreement achieves many of the union's goals for compensation, professional development, working conditions, and health and safety.

Neither the union nor the state had released further details on the agreement, which the union members have yet to ratify, as of Saturday afternoon.

Original Post 12/2/2016, 3:37 p.m.: California’s largest state workers union will not go on strike on Monday, as previously planned.

In a statement to its 95,000 members on Friday afternoon, SEIU Local 1000 president Yvonne Walker says the union and the Brown administration believe they have found “a pathway forward” in negotiations that have been ongoing since April.

The state initially offered a 3 percent bump each of the next four years, but also wants employees to contribute more to their retiree health care benefits. The union says its members, who are mostly female, are paid less than predominantly male unions, and deserve a larger increase.

In the days leading up to the strike, the union accused the state of negotiating in bad faith, while the state sought an injunction to prevent the union walkout. A judge heard that case early this afternoon, but did not make a ruling.

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