Governor Signs Assemblymember Bonta’s First Bill To Increase Wages For Hard-Working State Employees

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Brown signed his first bill today, AB 1377. AB 1377 contains the contract for SEIU Local 1000, which represents the state’s largest bargaining groups consisting of more than 95,000 employees.  AB 1377 passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and was ratified by SEIU Local 1000 members before it was signed by the Governor today.  

"As Chair of the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, I was fortunate to follow closely the contract negotiations between SEIU Local 1000 and the State Department of Human Resources,” Bonta explained.  "By signing this bill, Governor Brown clearly recognizes and respects the shared sacrifices made by our state workers over the past decade.  The contract bans furloughs for the length of the contract, and, most importantly, includes a 4.5 percent pay raise for SEIU members by 2015---their first raise in seven years.”

Yvonne R. Walker, president of SEIU Local 1,000 Union, said, “Our new contract delivers on each of the four top priorities identified by our members. It protects retirement, preserves our 80/20 health benefit premiums, prohibits new furloughs or PLP days, and includes a wage increase for everyone.”

Bonta concluded, "I have watched for many years as state workers suffered from deeper and deeper cuts and furloughs. AB 1377 was an opportunity to restore some of those cumulative sacrifices. Our state workers are a major reason our state was able to stay afloat, and after many years, our state is finally in a position to recognize those sacrifices with a few modest benefits.”

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. He is the Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay. He is a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.