Calif state workers to get raises in proposed deal

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest public employee union says it has reached a tentative agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown on a new three-year contract that includes raises for 95,000 state workers.

In an email to its members early Tuesday, the Service Employees Union International Local 1000 says workers would receive 4.5 percent pay raises by July 1, 2015. The increases would happen sooner if state tax revenues hit certain targets.

Union president Yvonne Walker says the contract includes a guarantee of no furlough days and protects health care and retirement benefits.

David Gay, a spokesman for the state Human Resources Department, confirmed that a tentative agreement is in place, but declined to discuss the details.

State workers covered by the contract will begin voting on the proposal the week of June 24.

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