Published Date: 2021-06-10
CAPT and State reach new Side Letter agreement restoring compensation to BU 18
Premium pay for essential workers waits for federal and state guidelines
CAPT met with CalHR on May 21, June 2, 9, and 10 to negotiate a new Side Letter to the current Memorandum of Understanding (July 2, 2019, through July 1, 2022) between CAPT and the State of California. The new Side Letter addresses the compensation reduction Side Letter negotiated last year that mandated both a 10 percent reduction in state worker compensation and a postponement of all negotiated raises scheduled to take effect on or after July 1, 2020.
CAPT is pleased to report that it has succeeded in its mission to restore its members' compensation fully. CAPT's new Side Letter fully restores BU 18's compensation to pre-pandemic levels—this includes all the economic provisions bargained in our last contract and the elimination of the monthly 16-hour Personal Leave Program. BU 18 will see a near 11% increase in pay beginning July 1, 2021.
Personal Leave Program
The 2020 PLP, equal to a 9.23% compensation reduction, is eliminated.
Prefunding of Post-retirement Health Benefits (Article 15.1)
Employees' monthly contributions for prefunding other post-employment benefits, which had been suspended, will resume.
General Salary Increases (GSI) (Article 4.2)
BU 18 employees will receive a 5.58 percent salary increase, which includes our bargained July 1, 2020, 2.75% and our July 1, 2021, 2.75%, as well as a 0.08 percent to account for the compounding of the two, delayed GSIs.
Federal Funding for Essential Worker Premium Pay
CAPT raised the prospect of premium pay for our essential workers through the American Rescue Plan, which provided federal stimulus, including money to distribute essential worker premium pay to some or all essential workers in both the private and public sectors. The State was not able to negotiate how and to whom the premium payment will be distributed. However, CAPT arranged, for this Side Letter, reopening language that the State and CAPT will meet and confer premium pay once the federal and state guidelines are released. These guidelines will dictate how premium pay will be distributed, and that income levels may be considered in the distribution regarding essential worker premium pay.
CAPT acknowledges the personal sacrifice each of you made to your health and income to report to work and serve those in your care during this pandemic. Thank you for being a part of the essential hero workforce that we all rely on and depend upon.
Remember, CAPT will be back at the table in the spring of 2022 to negotiate our working conditions and compensation for our next contract. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your local chapter.
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