By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jun. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Highway Patrol officers union and Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration have reached a furlough agreement to cut pay 5 percent for a year.

Under the deal, the CHP’s roughly 6,300 officers will be furloughed eight hours per month starting July 1.

The union is the first to reach agreement with Brown, who wants pay reduction deals in place with all state worker unions to save an estimated $839 million to help close a budget gap estimated to be at least $15.7 billion.

The governor proposed putting most state workers on 9.5-hour shifts four days per week and closing departments on either Fridays or Mondays.

The agreement with the California Association of Highway Patrolmen signals that other unions representing workers in 24/7 jobs – prison officers, psychiatric technicians, firefighters and others – are under pressure to take similar deals.

It may also complicate talks scheduled with other unions, including today’s scheduled negotiations with SEIU Local 1000, which represents 93,000 workers. Those talks center on Brown’s plan instead of the arrangement worked out with the CHP union.

CHP officers will be able to bank the hours to take later, but their paychecks will reflect the 5 percent pay reduction regardless.

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