At the bargaining table last year, CSLEA and its affiliate representatives made compelling arguments on necessary pay increases for a number of Unit 7 classifications due to ongoing unfilled vacancies. In addition to the General Salary Increases (GSI) of 8% furnished to the entire bargaining unit over the life of the contract, CSLEA was able to negotiate Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) in the amount of 5% for a number of peace officer classifications, and up to 12.88% for Agents working for the Alcoholic Beverage Control. Although CalHR recognized and attempted to address the vacancy problem, it has now realized that the increases did not go far enough to stem the tide of investigators leaving State service altogether or moving to agencies where there is greater pay or better working conditions.
As such, today CSLEA and CalHR have entered in to a side letter to be incorporated into the existing collective bargaining agreement which will provide a pay differential in the amount of 7.44% of base salary for sworn investigators (class code 8610) employed by the Department of Insurance and Department of Consumer Affairs who have been at top step of Range C for a minimum of 12 months. Investigators at these agencies who move through Range C will immediately qualify for the incentive once they have been at top step for 12 months. This increase is in addition to and over and above the GSI and SSA that are payable under the existing terms of the agreement.
The increase will take effect the pay period following passage of the bill authorizing the increase and the Governor's signature.
Kasey Christopher Clark
Chief Counsel/General Manager