CSLEA appreciates members’ frustration with the delay in enacting the pay and benefit increases contained in the new Unit 7 Contract. Unfortunately, the simultaneous processing of numerous new collective bargaining agreements with an antiquated payroll system has resulted in months long completion which is identical to the time the 2019 agreement took to process. With that said, CalHR has confirmed that the retroactive General Salary Increases and the Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) will be issued this month. Also, most of the pay differentials will be processed in January with longevity and training officer pay being completed in February. CSLEA thanks the membership for its patience in dealing with the delay.
As is customary when new salary increases are negotiated, the CSLEA Board of Directors has authorized an increase in general dues by $7.41/month for Unit 7 peace officers and firefighters and $7.30/month for Unit 7 non-sworn. The increases are effective retroactive to July 1, 2023, which means that there will be a $44.46 dues deduction in the December pay period for Unit 7 peace officers and a $43.80 deduction for non-sworn. Given the overwhelming support that the membership expressed in the contract ratification vote, most members appreciate the significance of being able to secure numerous SSA’s, and for the first time percentage-based education incentive for sworn and longevity pay for non-sworn is a significant accomplishment, especially in light of the projected budget deficit. CSLEA realizes that the work is never done and will continue to strive to enhance and protect members’ pay, benefits and working conditions.