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Doc union, California reach labor pact

By Harris Meyer
12:30 pm, Aug. 21 |

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists and California state officials have tentatively agreed on a three-year labor contract for about 1,500 employees including physicians and other staff working for the Department of Human Resources, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The agreement includes an 8% raise for some physicians and surgeons, a 5% raise for some medical consultants and public health officers, and a 4% raise for all other unionized employees. The increases would depend on whether state revenue meets projections. If there is a shortfall, the pay hikes would be delayed until the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Under the deal, there would be no furloughs during the three years, the workers would accept pension changes made last year by the Legislature, and employer contributions to health plans would increase by 8%.

The Legislature and the union membership still have to sign off on the agreement.

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