Tentative Agreement Overview

After nearly eight months of negotiations, we have reached a tentative agreement with the state, early Saturday morning, on a contract we can all be proud of. 

Below is a basic overview of what we won on compensation. This overview does not include any information on the non-economic improvements that were agreed upon, or how we plan on addressing some of the concerns we raised about the state’s conduct during bargaining. As we work to finalize and compile all of the tentative agreement we will send you additional details.

Our tentative agreement achieves many of the goals we identified as priorities in four areas:  improvements in compensation, professional development, working conditions, and health and safety. At the same time, we protected the hard-earned rights we won during previous negotiations, and demonstrated our willingness to defend those rights into the future through collective action.

This is a victory we achieved by thousands of members standing together across the state, taking action in our worksites, and having an unrelenting willingness to strike if it became necessary to hold the state accountable to its bargaining obligations. Together we showed the state the power of our commitment to each other, to our families and to our communities.

What the State Offered What We Won
No Signing Bonus $2,500 Signing Bonus
Duration — 7/1/2016 to 7/1/2019 Duration — 7/1/2016 to 1/1/2020
Only 22 Special Salary Adjustments Over 30 Special Salary Adjustments
2.96% GSI — Effective 1/1/2017* 4% GSI — Effective 7/1/2017
2.96% GSI — Effective 7/1/2017 4% GSI — Effective 7/1/2018
2.96% GSI — Effective 7/1/2018 3.5% GSI — Effective 7/1/2019
8.88% Total 11.5% Total
1.2% OPEB — Effective 7/1/2017 None
1.1% OPEB — Effective 7/1/2018 1.2% OPEB — Effective 7/1/2018
1.2% OPEB — Effective 7/1/2019 1.1% OPEB — Effective 7/1/2019
3.5% Total 2.3% Total**
5.38% Net Increase 9.2% Net Increase + $2,500 Signing Bonus

*Implementation the month following ratification, per the state’s regressive offer on November 15, 2016
**The final OPEB contribution of 1.2% is deferred until 7/1/2020