Side-letter negotiations end pandemic pay cuts; 2.5% pay increase is included

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Local 1000 members will feel some real financial relief effective July 1, 2021, after our member-led bargaining team won an agreement that reverses the adverse effects of the side letter.

On July 1, 2021, all represented employees will receive a total of 4.55% in general salary increases. This includes the 2.5% increase from 2020 that was deferred and the 2.0% increase for 2021. In addition, an extra 0.05% has been added to account for the compounding of the two originally negotiated increases.

PLP 2020 will end June 30, 2021, and the 9.23% pay reduction will be restored July 1, 2021.
PLP accruals do not expire. The state has additionally agreed to review cash-out policies for accrued leave to determine how they may be implemented more equitably across all departments. Their report will be due on March 1, 2022, and the state and the union will meet within 60 days of report issuance.

All health-benefit eligible Local 1000 represented employees will continue to receive the $260 monthly healthcare stipend until June 30, 2022.

The suspension of the 3.5% deduction of OPEB (post-employment benefits) will end on the first day of the pay period following the ratification of the amended side letter.
Additionally, those classifications that were protected by a pay differential during PLP 2020 to ensure no Local 1000 members would be paid less than $15/hr. will return to their normal pay structure on the first pay period after ratification.

Click here to read a copy of the final, signed agreement.
Click here for the 2021 Side Letter Calculator.