Posted June 24, 2020
SACRAMENTO- On June 24, 2020, the CSLEA Board of Directors reviewed the proposed side letters negotiated with CalHR and authorized the CSLEA Negotiations Team to enter into the agreements. The side letters achieve immediate, mandated cost savings of 9.23% in reduced salary for most Unit 7 employees for two years and a deferral of general salary increases in July 2020 and July 2021.
In exchange for these concessions, Unit 7 employees will accrue 16 hours of Personal Leave Program days per month for as long as the pay reduction is in effect. The State agreed to suspend the employee’s 4% contribution towards prefunding of retiree health which reduces the net impact of the salary reduction to 5.23% of salary.
While negotiating the cost savings arrangement, CSLEA successfully negotiated a positive resolution to what it viewed as short and longstanding deficiencies in the Unit 7 Contract, including:
- making the $800 recruitment and retention differential paid to DSH Hospital Police Officers and DDS Peace Officer I’s includable as final compensation for retirement,
- a Special Salary Adjustment of 5.74% for DMV Licensing Registration Examiners to maintain parity with other DMV classes,
- an increase to the longevity pay formula for Unit 7 peace officers,
- an increase in bilingual pay
- and an increase in transportation incentives.
The agreement also preserves the July 1, 2020, Special Salary Adjustment for the DOJ Criminalist classifications in the existing agreement.
“CSLEA is appreciative that the State was willing to address issues in the current Unit 7 Contract while addressing the cost savings that the administration has mandated” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. “Putting the side letters in perspective during this unprecedented time, CSLEA was successful in enhancing its existing collective bargaining agreement in exchange for deferred compensation in the form of cash value PLP and deferred general salary increases. Given the current budget picture of mandated cuts, I believe CSLEA did it’s very best for its valued members.”
A summary of the side letter and copies of the negotiated articles can be found at the following links.